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  • Reducing Your Carbon Paw Print

    Who knew when Bob Barker advised his television audience to, “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered,” that he was fighting global warming?

    The eco-pawprint of a pet dog is twice that of a 4.6-litre Land Cruiser driven 10,000 kilometres (6,214 miles) 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 bypopular 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.”

    This should not come as too much of a surprise but more of a ‘it was only a matter of time’ After human population control has been a suggested method of reducing our carbon footprint so why not pet population control? Jonathon Porritt, who chairs the UK’s Sustainable Development Commission believes the carbon footprint from having more than two children will inflict too much damage on the environment to justify having any more. Porritt says,

    I am unapologetic about asking people to connect up their own responsibility for their total environmental footprint and how they decide to procreate and how many children they think are appropriate.

    I think we will work our way towards a position that says that having more than two children is irresponsible. It is the ghost at the table. We have all these big issues that everybody is looking at and then you don’t really hear anyone say the “p” word.””

    First they want to burn the bunnies, now they want to eat them? Imagine buying a pet rabbit (or worse, a dog) for your two children (because you’re not allowed to have three) and telling them you’re having the pet for dinner. The takeaway here is this: Lots of things emit carbon dioxide. It’s silly for us to think we can cap it without facing significant economic consequences. Now it’s creeping into social, cultural and behavioral changes. Granted, we’re not going to see any pet policies signed into law, but it gets back to the theme of asking people to make critical sacrifices in their lives for something that would barely budge the thermometer of the earth’s global temperature. People should be more resourceful and less wasteful but this is getting at something much deeper.

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    7 Responses to Reducing Your Carbon Paw Print

    1. Sharon, Memphis, TN says:

      Steve Cohen needs to go back to the drawing board and instead of submitting a bill to Congress to give dog owners a tax emption of $3500, he should be adding a hefty tax!!

    2. Freedom of Speech TX says:

      There most be a global lunacy conspiracy in the works.

      Where do these people come from? Who raised them?

      Have our universities and high learning institutions created this? This is not about free speech. This is about trying to stay sane with insanity running amuck.

      I value my dog's carbon footprint more than these people.

    3. Alex, Windsor ON says:

      I have a feeling that the people who are making this stuff up are laughing their heads off at all of us. They probably can't believe that anybody takes them seriously.

    4. Leon, Durango, CO says:

      Oh yes, dear Freedom of Speech, TX. Our Universities were losses of the Cold War. They were usurped, actually stolen by the Plutocrat/Liberal/Socialist/Progressive(now openly Communist) lunacy conspiracy.

      The new twist, get the Greenies to give up their dogs? No, I am too noble an American to use that argument. There is no Global Warming, there is no Hot Climate Change. It is a conspiracy of lunacy all right. Universities are Godless and Communist. They have been anti American for years.

      Really the Greenies are the new mass murderers, and sincerely, closing the San Joaquin? Banning DDT? Stopping domestic energy when energy is the flash point for war? Being the tyranny, see? Being the tyranny they will be their part cause for the American Revolution.

      I am reminded how the Progressives in Ft. Collins, CO handled "Fox Meadows." They scraped their whole habitat flat then punished us for feeding the fox. I think the guilt for destroying the best hope of the world makes them crazy.

      It actually destroys their minds. They are not the least bit green! (discounting envy)

    5. Freedom of Speech TX says:

      Your points are well-taken.

      Fortunately, for "mans best friend" we have a Czar who says animals should have access to attorneys. That should save Fido for awhile.

      Both of these issues must fall under the "expanding your mind" philosophy bandied about by our sociology and psychology professors.

      I don't believe these people are kidding. I believe they are serious. What a world of fruitcakes we find ourselves in.

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