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What's your pet's carbon footprint?

  1. Dec 22, 2009 #1

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    According to a new book

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091220/sc_afp/lifestyleclimatewarminganimalsfood [Broken]

    This makes me wonder how much just the overpopulation of humans contributes to "global warming". Has anyone ever done the calculations? I've heard that 2 billion humans is the ideal global population and we are currently at 6,791,500,000.
     
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  3. Dec 22, 2009 #2

    Monique

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    I was thinking the exact same thing the other day.
     
  4. Dec 22, 2009 #3

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    I'm sure someone has done the calculations. Though, to me, just the daily needs of "critters" for actually living are part of the natural things that happen on the planet, and I think it's irrelevant whether they are wild or domestic animals (including humans). The problem is when we add to all of that with "artificial" sources, by digging up carbon sources that have long ago been sequestered deep under the surface of the Earth and spewing it back into the atmosphere. (And then of course the even bigger problem being finding any sort of agreement on whether there is anything we can do to fix the damage already done, should we if we can, and what happens if we don't?)

    Besides, Ember earns her carbon credits by warming up the bed for me so I can keep the heat lower at night. :biggrin: Admittedly, dogs are better about promoting energy conservation than cats, because they'll actually sleep on top of you all night.
     
  5. Dec 22, 2009 #4

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    My dog is worth her carbon footprint.

    But, I guess a http://www.savetoby.com/recipes/5.php [Broken] could be worthwhile. (By the way, it would be ironic if people boycotted the company that prolonged Toby's impact on the environment.)
     
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  6. Dec 22, 2009 #5

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    I have a tiny dog and he eats a lot of fruits and vegetables and whatever I don't eat that would just go into the trash, he eats, so I'd say he's eco-friendly.
     
  7. Dec 22, 2009 #6
    I just got done reading the book Ishmael and now agree :(
     
  8. Dec 22, 2009 #7
    I've got an 8oz Cockatiel. I wonder what her carbon footprint is? I can't think is is too big a 3lb bag of food made here in the USA lasts her about 3 months. Also during the summer when my garden is producing she gets greens, and veggies from it. However if her footprint is larger then a SUV well I don't care she is worth it.
     
  9. Dec 22, 2009 #8

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    I wonder if she is equal to a hamster foot print?
     
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    I seem to remember that dog and cat food are made mostly from animal by-products, i.e. the parts that people don't ordinarily eat, and so their food doesn't really add as much as claimed.

    Lets say an SUV uses 20 gal/wk for 50 weeks/year. With 6 lbs/gal, that SUV would consume 6000 lbs (2724 kg) or 3 T of gasoline, and then there are tires and oil.

    Our little dog probably eats 1/4 of meat/cereal each day, or about 91 lbs per year. We also have two cats that eat about 1/4 each of meat/fish per day.
     
  12. Dec 22, 2009 #11

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    As long as this doesn't turn to cannibalism, eating your pets and vegan wars. That was a train wreck. Instead of deleting the entire thread, I left the few posts made before it started to derail.

    And yes, if people start posting nonsense like that in this thread, the posts will get deleted.
     
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    Well, I hate to admit this but my dogs more then likely make up for everyones eco-friendly pets on this forum. They eat copious amounts of food, and at least one of them produces as much methane as a entire herd of cows. I don't know which one, because they keep pointing to each other.
     
  14. Dec 22, 2009 #13

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    Good point.


    :rofl: You know it's going to be bad when the dog gets up and leaves the room.
     
  15. Dec 22, 2009 #14

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    I have only one dog, so I pretty much know who's producing the methane. His system is frightfully efficient at producing gas, even though he gets high-quality dry food. If I could weaponize his output in aerosol cans, riot police could use it for crowd control.
     
  16. Dec 22, 2009 #15

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    What I don't get is where they say to keep your cat locked up at night so they don't eat their fill of rodents, etc... wouldn't it make sense for them to fill up on these things? Not too many birds milling around on the ground at night last time I looked.
     
  17. Dec 22, 2009 #16
    Do chia pets count?
     
  18. Dec 22, 2009 #17
    cats can climb, and mine seem to catch mostly chipmunks and an occasional mole-looking thing. but the point is that they are nocturnal and don't expend nearly as much activity hunting in the daytime.

    personally, i'm happy to see them catch things. it's environmental pest control as far as i'm concerned. i just wish they could catch possums and squirrels.
     
  19. Dec 22, 2009 #18

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    Not if you don't want to be treating them for worms all the time. Hunting mice is how cats pick up most of their parasites.
     
  20. Dec 22, 2009 #19
    It's not the heat, it's the humidity. It's not the temperature, it's the wind chill factor. It's not the methane, it's the H2S.
     
  21. Dec 22, 2009 #20

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    He seems capable of producing not only sulfides, but mercaptans, and other even more odiferous cousins. He is scary-good at it.
     
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