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Opening Arguments

Pets of shame

Never say the green goofs can't possibly get any goofier:

THEY'RE faithful, friendly and furry - but under their harmless, fluffy exteriors, dogs and cats, the world's most popular house pets, use up more energy resources in a year than driving a car, a new book says.

In their book Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living, New Zealand-based architects Robert and Brenda Vale say keeping a medium-sized dog has the same ecological impact as driving 10,000km a year in a 4.6 litre Land Cruiser.

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Convincing carnivorous cats and dogs to go vegetarian for the sake of the planet is a non-starter, the Vales say.

Instead they recommend keeping "greener", smaller, and more sustainable pets, such as goldfish, hamsters, chickens or rabbits.

Feel guilty about Fido and Muffin yet? That's the whole point you know, so get with it.


tim zank
Fri, 10/23/2009 - 12:21pm

An inevitable extension of the ridiculousness of global war...er... I mean "climate change" hype. Cut to the chase, if we could just kill all living beings on the planet, we'd save the planet!!

Bob G.
Fri, 10/23/2009 - 12:50pm

Don't think that "Mother Nature" hasn't been contemplating that of late...
(earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis, oh my)


Fri, 10/23/2009 - 4:38pm

The solution is easy. Just throw a "party" for all the members of PETA. When they arrive expecting festive bean sprouts, let's destroy them (humanely, of course) and grind them up into cat and dog food. Problem solved. Next!

Bob G.
Fri, 10/23/2009 - 5:29pm

Now here's an idea...let's have "someone" do a study to see what the ECOCLOGICAL IMPACT of all the prisoners that have been sitting on death row for years is causing, hmm?
(we already know the FINANCIAL impact)

Betcha we'd forget about he pets soon enough...and off the inmates.

lewis allen
Fri, 10/23/2009 - 6:11pm

Hmmm.. How's that tasty little Wallace Stevens title go ?

"Frogs eat butterflies. Snakes eat frogs. Hogs eat snakes. Men eat hogs."

Nonetheless, I'm not giving up my cats and dogs, planet be damned.

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 6:19am

Bob, as always, has hit the nail on the head.
The solution has been staring us in the face, like that bundle of money in those adorable Geico commercials: Get rid of those cats, dogs, wombats and other conventional pets. Keep a convicted murderer in your home.
I understand many are trainable to fetch newspapers and to dispatch annoying neighbors. All they ask in return is crystal meth and the occasional beer.
Clearly a win-win, as the motivational speakers so often say.