Skip to comments.Ditching dogs for the planet not an option
Posted on 10/22/2009 3:32:05 PM PDT by Brandonmark
Linda Finlay will not be giving up her dogs any time soon despite a call from researchers to swap dogs and cats for pets they can eat, like rabbits or chickens.
A longtime dog lover and dog training club member, Mrs Findlay couldn't imagine a life without Thomas, Zarah and Zoe even if the Bernese Mountain Dog crosses and Alsatian labrador cross do have a carbon pawprint bigger than a Land Cruiser.
"They're like part of the family," Mrs Findlay said.
Victoria University professors Brenda and Robert Vale, architects who specialise in sustainable living, have recommended pet owners consider what impact their animals have on the environment in their book Time to Eat the Dog: The real guide to sustainable living.
The couple assessed the carbon emissions created by popular pets, taking into account the ingredients of pet food and the land needed to create them.
In a study published in New Scientist, they calculated a medium dog eats 164 kilograms of meat and 95kg of cereals every year. It takes 43.3 square metres of land to produce 1kg of chicken a year. This means it takes 0.84 hectares to feed the dog.
They compared this with the footprint of a Toyota Land Cruiser, driven 10,000km a year, which uses 55.1 gigajoules (the energy used to build and fuel it). One hectare of land can produce 135 gigajoules a year, which means the vehicle's eco-footprint is 0.41ha less than half of dog's.
They found cats have an eco-footprint of 0.15ha slightly less than a Volkswagen Golf. Hamsters have a footprint of 0.014ha keeping two of them is equivalent to owning a plasma TV.
But the researchers did not factor in the emotional value of the pets, Mrs Findlay said.
Mrs Findlay said she and partner Phil Burton never intended to have three large dogs. "When you have got dogs ... you don't just get rid of them. They are friends."
As far as the environment went, Mrs Findlay said she tried to do her bit to preserve it, and to minimise the dogs' impact on it. Thomas, Zarah and Zoe are mainly fed dog biscuits and only get meat occasionally.
"What the dogs give back to me is probably equal to what the environment gives me but probably on a more emotional level."
And as for swapping pets, she already has a cat, two budgies, one horse, six sheep, chickens and a huge bullock steer
Psychos! I will NEVER give up my dogs. I’d butcher my husband first. ;)
Mao had periodic pogroms against dogs. Communism sooner or later devolves into insanity. Like night follows day. People really are going off the deep end and it ain’t a pretty sight.
Oh my GOD that is SO SICK! OK, so these perverts think the planet would be better off with not only humans gone but also the species that like humans the best. What species IS permitted to survive, according to the econazis?
What did they use, dog math?
A dog is TWICE the eco-footprint of a Toyota Land Cruiser!!!! Bwahahahahahah!! Too Rich! ... If any of the liberal twits get to have their pooches, then I get TWO Land Cruisers!! Awesome!
Obviously not Korean researchers. :)
You don’t butcher your pets. What is it with some people?
My dog loves libtard eco-nazis.
He thinks they’re delicious.
Tell you what - let’s ahve animal rights activists over for dinner. They’d go well with an amusing claret and a Caesar salad, don’t you think?
That says everything you need to know about the mentality of these “researchers”.
My dog is Green! It $hits Green! Spits up Green! What more do you want????
I am not giving up my SUV. Too emotionally attached! LOL!
They’ve jumped the shark. This will make any otherwise rational fence-sitter see how evil these “planet-loving” bastards are.
How about we keep our dogs and get rid of leftists instead?
The good news is the psychopathic enviros make new enemies with every new effort to highlight their cause. i.e. my wife is fairly apolitical (but thankfully votes conservative) however if someone talks bad about dogs she will eviscerate him (her).
That's why we raise wiener dogs.
“...despite a call from researchers to swap dogs and cats for pets they can eat, like rabbits or chickens.”
I always used to tell my dog we were keeping her fat just in case times got hard, but she didn’t care.
If these econuts really want to establish their creds, they need to just off themselves and save the carbon footprint. After all, humans are the big polluters, right?
Someone has WAAAAY too much time on their hands, sitting around figuring out pet carbon footprints! (Or would that be pawprints?) I wonder what my horse and two Great Danes contribute? (Like I care!)
You can eat a dog. Review the Lewis and Clark Expedition journals.
Or perhaps a nice chianti and some fava beans.
“He thinks theyre delicious.”
Do they taste like chicken?
Hey “Scientists” .. . . leave my dogs alone
All in all you’re just another pr*** in the wall
Neither will I...and the only thing I'll be swapping is LEAD with anybody who interferes with my critters.
(Makes you wonder where PETA is on this one!)
Save the planet: time to eat dog? :
Time to eliminate the carbon footprint caused by psycho environmentalists.
My dogs are far more valuable than these useless eaters.
Here's a much better idea: "ditch politicians for the planet". They are completely expendable and there will be few complaints.
That's two Land Cruisers PER LIBERAL'S DOG.
Sweet. I've always wanted an FJ40.
Yep,let's get rid of cats...won't take long before the mice population will explode and have a eco-footprint the size of a eco-greenies ego. That could be the end of earth as we know it.
I am afraid it is not a joke in the funny sense!
Dog and cat owners should pay $50 per pound per year to off set their carbon footprint.
Yeah and the same for people with fish tanks.
Fava beans. Do I have any fava beans at home? Must check. The red wine side of the cellar’s in good shape. I’m going to have to look to the whites here pretty soon. I’m down to a single bottle of Far Niente chardonnay that I’m saving for a special occasion.
No true patriot would leave his wine cellar unguarded in times like these!
Yeah, save a mouse, eat a..um ah, well the rest ain’t family safe.
Hmmm...seems like we are gonna find out what vegetarians, animal rights activists, democrats, mao-ists, ACORN employees, United Nations employees, RINOS, and many other various america haters taste like real soon.
I’m not going to starve when they destroy my country.
There’s plenty of food walking around.
I think Europe got rid of cats once before.
Plague was the result.