Saturday, October 24, 2009

Time To Eat The Dog: The Real Guide To Sustainable Living



I find the fact that someone took the time to do the math and then publish the results AND think that anyone would care - I find to be astonishing! This reminds me of the government study about how cow farts contribute to global warming.

Saturday October 24,2009
By Daily Express Reporter

A MEDIUM-sized dog has the same carbon impact as a Toyota Land Cruiser driven 6,000 miles a year, a new book claims.

Time To Eat The Dog: The Real Guide To Sustainable Living also suggests a cat is equivalent to running a Volkswagen Golf.

The findings are based on the amount of land needed to grow food for pets. Even a pair of hamsters do the same damage as running a plasma television, say the book’s authors Robert and Brenda Vale.

But rabbits and chickens were eco-friendly because they provide meat for their owners, while a canary or a goldfish does little harm to the planet, the authors said.

National Canine Cancer Foundation

25 comments:

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Some 'humans' have too much time on their paws!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra The SUV

JackDaddy said...

I doubt they took the intangibles into account when they were doing the math!

Ginger Jasper said...

Sometimes Hoomans are so stoopid.. HUgs GJ x

Ginger Jasper said...

Sometimes Hoomans are so stoopid.. HUgs GJ x

Mango said...

Oh yuck!

Slobbers,
Mango

The Thundering Herd said...

When we hit the point that animals are not environmental friendly, the crazies are in charge.

We did laugh at the study. It partially said that cats are bad for the environment because they are predators. Does that make all predators bad? Isn't that the vast majority of animals?

SEDONA said...

Hi guys,
Good thing we don't live in certain Asian countries where this is reality & not a joke!
Your pal,
Sedona

KB said...

What a crazy study. The thought that a dog has "the same carbon impact as a Toyota Land Cruiser driven 6,000 miles a year..." seems nuts. I wonder how they determined that number?

We do buy grass-fed beef for our dogs from our next door neighbor who raises a few cattle each year. I wonder if that makes us any less bad than average?

Benny and Lily said...

What next!
Benny & Lily

Huffle Mawson said...

I say pffff to this report! I am not environmentall unfriendly! Mum recycles all my fancy feast tins and everything!

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

I agree with Khyra
Some humans have too much time on their hands. And they are the ones making the bigs bucks.
They are a bunch of idiots
love
tweedles

Alex93andme said...

Good grief....talk about a waste of time and money...no wonder everything is such a mess if they are going to do such stupid studies like that one. Eat the dog....no way...stupid!

NORWOOD UNLEASHED said...

Me equivalent to a land cruiser? I can say I sometimes hit the trails as hard as a land cruiser.. but leave no exhaust behind and my gas is tuna.
norwood

Teddy Bear said...

Oh wow....

Love,
Teddy Bear

Martha and Bailey said...

We agree with Kyra - some humans have too much time on their paws!!!
Honestly what a load of .......
Two bassets ....... that must make a four wheel drive!!!!!
love
Martha & Bailey xxxx

Mango said...

Tell your mom that the no pull harness is OK, but we don't always use it. I have to use a pinch collar a lot of the time because momma says it is a better communication device. But that is tricky because she doesn't want to pinch me if I am pulling away from something scary.

The no pull won't work unless there is already some basic obedience. I wore it when I went to a big doggie fair and pulled so much that I got boo boo's in my dog pits. Ouch!

But it is better than just using a collar and thanks to my good dog attention school I can use just the harness about half the time.

Kisses,
Dexter

Sierra Rose said...

Hmmmmmmmmmm. Good grief.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Mason Dixie said...

Wow wonder who payed that person to do that research? the paper he used could have saved a tree. he he

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

Guess we be running an 18-wheeler in this house!

Jacks, Narra, Tuchuck, and Rousseau said...

That must be a Halloween "trick" because even humans can't be that stupid! But speaking of food, we're hungry! :)

Thanks for visiting our blog! You guys are awesome!

JNTR

Anne-Kathrine said...

Good grief someone really needs a life LOL. I know of plenty of humans that could just disappear and I'd stick to cats and dogs lol.

T said...

Oh I really like Anne-Kathrine's comment!! I totally agree!!

Interesting stuff you find!

JRT Chick said...

I think we should be focusing on the huge amounts of energy we waste by not buying locally grown foods, rather than loving our furry friends and your post about dog and cat skins... I never would have thought of it... thank you for raising awareness about this. It makes me and Sky Sky sick!

Life With Dogs said...

Interesting article - I read it a few days ago and chuckled. Take my SUV if you want, but the dogs stay! :)

Charlie said...

So what if we leave a big carbon impact! A world without dogs is a sad, and boring place. Who would want to live on a place like that?