If you’re a dog owner and call yourself eco-conscious, guilt might set in after reading the book “Time to Eat the Dog? The Real Guide to Sustainable Living” by Robert and Brenda Vale, which reveals dogs are worse for the environment than SUVs.
The authors, who designed the first sustainable settlement in the United Kingdom in 1996 and are architecture professors at Victory University of Wellington in New Zealand, measured the environmental impact of our lifestyles from the food we eat to how we travel to sports, hobbies and pets based on the Ecological Footprint technique created by Mathis Wackernagel and William Rees.
Bottom line: Our pooches cost the Earth more than a Toyota Land Cruiser. According to the Vales’ research, a medium-sized dog has twice the impact of driving the luxury SUV 10,000 miles. Why? “Basically dogs are bad for the environment because they are large carnivores, so it takes a lot of land to provide their foods,” says Robert Vale.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to get Fido out of the proverbial doghouse.
by Arthur Furrowfield