October 22, 2009

Save the planet: time to eat dog?

I found this article quite interesting - and they are not advocating we eat our dogs, despite the recent incident of this here in New Zealand!!!

They do however say -
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.

"I think we need animals because they are a positive in our society. We can all make little changes to reduce carbon footprints but without pointing the finger at pets, which are part of family networks."

The eco-footprints of the family pet each year as calculated by the Vales:
German shepherds: 1.1 hectares, compared with 0.41ha for a large SUV.

Cats: 0.15ha (slightly less than a Volkswagen Golf). Hamsters: 0.014ha (two of them equate to a medium-sized plasma TV).

Goldfish: 0.00034ha (an eco-fingerprint equal to two cellphones).

damn... i have the dogs, the cats, the fish, a small SUV, the plasma.. and the cellphone - which shall I give up!!!! Somehow keeping rabbits and chickens doesn't hold any appeal... and life without the techno seems unimaginable! No blogging, no facebook....
What would you do?

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  1. I would probably cry....alot...gah no comp, eek. Eat my dog? Gross, especially with his bowel habits, i would live off the birds and rabbits my cats seem to be catching. I have now the second live bird in 48 hours, the other one died yest morning.
    This one has more spark, I hope it lives :)

  2. Oops noop don't give up our cats
    but we get chickens as well For the eggs that is

  3. that would be a dilemma, which to chose, which to choose? i would rather enjoy both as each one give us different pleasure. so to heck with data....duh!

  4. Just a little note to say that if I disappeared and you wanted to disappear with me, you could let me know at halfwaytofrance at gmail dot com and I could sent you a personal invitation.

    Otherwise, I hope all is well with you and your 4 legged friends!

  5. What a load of bollox.........Pets & carbon footprints???? What the hell are they going to moan about next?! I wouldn't give up a damn thing...LOL

  6. Personally, I would give up nothing and keep on as usual. As a matter of fact, that's what I'm doing. If that displeases some folks, too damn bad.

    (Yes, I'm a selfish no-good bastard. Animals adore me, though, so I take that as a clue I'm actually on the right track despite what people tell me.)

  7. Wow - interesting perspective. We have three cats. We do NOT, however, have a cell phone, SUV, or plasma! I think we are doing pretty well in spite of the cats! :)

  8. This is absurdity to the extreme!


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