An article in New Scientist says that the dog (and other pets) have too big of a carbon paw-print and this is a problem regarding the sustainability of our planet.
"As well as guzzling resources, cats and dogs devastate wildlife populations, spread disease and add to pollution. It is time to take eco-stock of our pets."Apparently a SUV has a smaller carbon footprint than your average medium-sized dog, and if you have a German Shepard - well then you really are harming the Earth! Their calculations are based on how much land it takes to cultivate the food necessary to feed said animals.
"Owning a dog really is quite an extravagance, mainly because of the carbon footprint of meat...The "scientists" (and I use the term quite loosely) who did the study continue to whine about how animals create other problems like feces production, and the fact that animals kill other animals. (Now that's real news eh?)
Doing similar calculations for a variety of pets and their foods, the Vales found that cats have an eco-footprint of about 0.15 hectares (slightly less than a Volkswagen Golf), hamsters come in at 0.014 hectares apiece (buy two, and you might as well have bought a plasma TV) and canaries half that. Even a goldfish requires 0.00034 hectares (3.4 square metres) of land to sustain it, giving it an ecological fin-print equal to two cellphones."
Actually, I think these people have too much time on their hands, and to tell you the truth my cat is definitely more fun and more soulfully satisfying than a Volkswagon Golf. I honestly do not care how much "energy" my pets consume. Children consume energy too; shall we do away with them as well?
These people are also not very honest in their research either - animal food is made from people food by-products. You know, the stuff that really isn't suitable for your dinner table. We aren't spending any more land to produce animal foods then we are in producing our own food.
I believe studies like this are merely going to be used to set us all up for higher taxation.
You'll be taxed on the number of animals/pets you own - and perhaps even the number of children you have. Talk about environmental fascism!
It's all BS - and not the carbon producing kind.