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#360048 - 24th Oct 2009 10:13am Time to eat the dog
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Pet dogs as bad for planet as driving 4x4s, book claims



Owners should consider doing without, downsizing or even eating their pets to help save the planet, according to a new book.

It claims that the carbon footprint left by domesticated animals is out of proportion to the size of their paws.

A medium-sized dog has the same impact as a Toyota Land Cruiser driven 6,000 miles a year, while a cat is equivalent to a Volkswagen Golf.

But rabbits and chickens are eco-friendly because they provide meat for their owners while a canary or a goldfish has little effect on the environment.

At the same time a pair of hamsters do the same damage as running a plasma television, suggests the book Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living.

New Zealand-based authors Robert and Brenda Vale base their findings on the amount of land needed to grow food for pets ranging from budgerigars to cats and dogs.

They say an average Collie eats 164kg of meat and 95kg of cereals a year, giving it a high impact on the planet.

But a pair of rabbits can produce 36 young annually, which would provide 72kg of meat and help decrease the owner's carbon footprint.

Mr Vale, an architect who specialises in sustainable living, said: "There are no recipes in the book. We're not actually saying it is time to eat the dog.

"We're just saying that we need to think about and know the (ecological) impact of some of the things we do and that we take for granted."

He explained that sustainability issues require us to make choices which are "as difficult as eating your dog".

Mr Vale added: "Once you see where cats and dogs fit in your overall balance of things, you might decide to have the cat but not also to have the two cars and the three bathrooms and be a meat-eater yourself."

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#360056 - 24th Oct 2009 10:30am Re: Time to eat the dog [Re: MissGuided]
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I apologise now for the energy I'm using up calling this Bollocks, to balance things up I'll drag a 4x4 in off the street and eat it.
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#360058 - 24th Oct 2009 10:48am Re: Time to eat the dog [Re: bert1]
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Get ready for the dog licemce, another tax on the way.


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#360059 - 24th Oct 2009 10:53am Re: Time to eat the dog [Re: MissGuided]
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Time to bring back the dog licence, 100 each dog, per year, no exceptions.
When I'm out walking, I want to see the view, not constantly watching where I'm putting my feet. The council here provide plastic bags next to the bins but you see them thrown in the hedges. Yuuukkkk!
I hate being licked, sniffed and drooled upon by the unleashed. Why is it necessary to have 2 or 3 of them?
(They eat them in the Far East! Did you see that Charlie Borman tv programme recently?!)
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#360060 - 24th Oct 2009 11:12am Re: Time to eat the dog [Re: bri445]
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They taste like chicken. Them Korean meatballs again, they're the dogs bollocks.

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#360071 - 24th Oct 2009 11:30am Re: Time to eat the dog [Re: BandyCoot]
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or sausages? grin


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#360082 - 24th Oct 2009 12:58pm Re: Time to eat the dog [Re: bri445]
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It's not the fact that maybe a dog licence is good idea,I think it's not,it's not going to stop what dogs do naturally and their lazy owners do not do,but the fact that this so called goverment will take the money and p**s it up against a wall as with all the taxes they have picked out of our pockets.


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#360086 - 24th Oct 2009 1:03pm Re: Time to eat the dog [Re: davew3]
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I'd rather see moggies sorted out than dogs. Dogs are usually supervised, people mainly clean up after them but my garden gets moggies in that think when you dig it over you are making a litter for them. Apart from that I would rather hear the birds singing than have somebody's bloody kitty wandering around. They taste like chicken too (ref: Hong Kong)

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