Eat that dog! Tastes just like chicken.
Published 23rd October 2009 - 0 comments - 1065 views -
I'm convinced that one of the reasons many people are unconvinced by the science of climate change is that they're convinced that the scientists are mad. The latest findings by Victoria University professors Brenda and Robert Vale won't do much to change the white-coated stereotype. In fact, they're bound to fill a large swathe of humanity with revulsion. The pair contend that…
"The eco-pawprint of a pet dog is twice that of a 4.6-litre Land Cruiser driven 10,000 kilometres a year, researchers have found. Victoria University professors Brenda and Robert Vale, architects who specialise in sustainable living, say pet owners should swap cats and dogs for creatures they can eat, such as chickens or rabbits, in their provocative new book Time to Eat the Dog: The real guide to sustainable living.
The couple have assessed the carbon emissions created by popular pets, taking into account the ingredients of pet food and the land needed to create them.
'If you have a German shepherd or similar-sized dog, for example, its impact every year is exactly the same as driving a large car around,' Brenda Vale said.
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."
Brenda and Robert Vale mean well, no doubt, but attacking "man's best friend" at a time when pets provide huge numbers of lonely people with their sole source of companionship is not going to create much goodwill for the environmental cause. Wonder if the hostility to this kind of science is what's leading to this kind of reaction?
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