How ‘Green’ Is Your Dog? Not Very.

It appears that the problem with Climate Change is not you – it’s your dog. Or more specifically, your dog’s enormous Carbon footprint:

“Pet food is the primary cause of dogs having a high ecological footprint. The pet food industry in the UK is now worth an estimated £2bn a year and in recent years, despite the financial difficulties, there has been an increasing demand for ‘boutique’ pet foods – pet foods that contain real, natural ingredients that even most people wouldn’t turn their nose up at, such as lamb, spinach and blueberries. The amount of manufacturing, production and air miles that go into dog food means that it is very carbon intensive.

According to the authors of ‘Time to Eat the Dog?’, it takes around 0.84 hectares of land to feed a medium-sized dog, whereas the running of an average SUV equates to the use of around 0.41 hectares, assuming it covers around 10,000km. For a bit of perspective, the average ecological footprint of a Vietnamese citizen is around 0.76 hectares.”

Vietnamese citizens? That’s nothing! What about those climate-conscious North Korean citizens? I hear the ones in prison camps actually reabsorb their own Carbon.

Then again, in the wild the dogs are natural hunter-gatherers. maybe we should take them back to that natural lifestyle. Now I think of it, maybe we should go back to hunter-gathering too.


About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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