Study: Pets have a big carbon footprint, contribute to ‘global warming’

Study: Pets have a big carbon footprint, contribute to ‘global warming’
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[Ed. – Bizarre.  Think about what this means.  If dogs and cats were just left to be feral, would that reduce their impact on the environment?  Or is the proposition that they need to be exterminated?  The implied endgame here is psychotic.]

When it comes to global warming, Fido and Fluffy are part of the problem, a new study by UCLA indicates.

Most cat or dog lovers would say they can’t imagine living in a world without pets, but as the threat of global warming increases, environmentally conscious pet lovers may need to make some tough choices, according to the study.

Pet ownership in the United States creates about 64 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, UCLA researchers found. That’s the equivalent of driving 13.6 million cars for a year. The problem lies with the meat-filled diets of kitties and pooches, according to the study by UCLA geography professor Gregory Okin.

Dogs and cats are responsible for 25 to 30 percent of the impacts of meat production in the United States, said Orkin.

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