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Just for you pet lovers - how to combat global warming

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Just for you pet lovers - how to combat global warming

Save the planet: time to eat dog?
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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.
"A lot of people worry about having SUVs but they don't worry about having Alsatians and what we are saying is, well, maybe you should be because the environmental impact ... is comparable."
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Re: Just for you pet lovers - how to combat global warming

Superb.
[me=adiewoo]runs off to buy a gun to shoot the neighbours cats. All for the good of the environment of course.[/me]
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Re: Just for you pet lovers - how to combat global warming

Can't argue with that as I know nothing about the subject. However, although generally there are too many unwanted cats and dogs, it is worth considering that it is a proven fact that pets are good for health, particularly for the elderly and those who live alone.
In view of this, it might be worth thinking about the environmental impact of catering for the needs of the diseases that people might get if they didn't have a companion animal.
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Re: Just for you pet lovers - how to combat global warming

Who said the Chinese were ignoring the need to protect the environment and address climate change.
They are offsetting their industrial carbon footprint by what they eat. I don't recall seeing any cats and dogs walking around when I have been in China
I always knew there must be a reason.

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At the expense of upsetting forum correspondents. There was an article on this mornings BBC news about Swede's in Stockholm, who have been hunting, shooting and using the bodies of thousands of rabbits as fuel for power stations.
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Re: Just for you pet lovers - how to combat global warming

can't see what difference it would make from shooting and eating them, though it seems perversely wasteful to use them as fuel rather than food.
i'd love to keep chooks and rabbits in my back yard, but i bet the council would find a bye-law preventing it.
i'd dearly love to see much of our open spaces, roundabouts, odd bits of grassy areas and such, given over to those who want to grow vegetables and fruit for the benefit of all.  i've often wondered why it is we stress the importance of growing trees in our cities, yet nary a food-bearing tree.  many of our orchards have been lost and the cities could make up the shortfall.  if, as has been predicted, food shortages will become critical, we shall have to consider 'digging for victory' once more.
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can we have calculation on the co2 that was emitted my the metal works that made your gun please adiewoo before we grant your licence to kill  Wink
you wont scare my dog with your gun as he is a gun dog  Grin
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No worries I am using environmentally friendly ammo http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2009/03/05/green-bullets-to-help-environment-deer-still-out-of-luck/
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Re: Just for you pet lovers - how to combat global warming

right this one might be tricky to work out but surely my dog saves me some carbon footprint. how i hear you ask.
1.he pulls like a trooper on walks which in turn means am using less engery to walk which in turn leads me to needing less calrioes, which means less food needs producing on my be half.
2. i walk him twice a day for  30 mins each time which keeps me fit an slim. which leads to cars, planes ect needing less fuel an power to move my mass at speed.
dont blame pets, blame the men with more than 25% body fat and women with more than 33% body fat that are classed as obese Wink and am sure there is more meat on one of these than what there is on a skinny cat or dog to feed the world on
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I  agree with you there Asbo Dog!  Holly keeps me fit by us having at least an hours walk a day [somedays 2 hrs]and I have lost weight since having her!  I use car less because most days I walk her locally instead of going out buying things I don't need.  I don't use the NHS so much as I am fitter.  I do not go out so much in evenings as I have my dog's companionship.  She is also my burglar and fire alarm.
I think you are very cruel Adiewoo to think of shooting your neighbour's pussies.