Man’s best friend could be one of the environment’s worst enemies, according to a new study which says the carbon pawprint of a pet dog is more than double that of a gas-guzzling sports utility vehicle…
The Vales, specialists in sustainable living at Victoria University of Wellington, analysed popular brands of pet food and calculated that a medium-sized dog eats around 164 kilos (360 pounds) of meat and 95 kilos of cereal a year.
Combine the land required to generate its food and a “medium” sized dog has an annual footprint of 0.84 hectares (2.07 acres) — around twice the 0.41 hectares required by a 4×4 driving 10,000 kilometres (6,200 miles) a year, including energy to build the car.
Now, Murdoc isn’t necessarily questioning the data. Murdoc is questioning the conclusion.
If family a pet has a larger carbon footprints than a gas-guzzling SUV, doesn’t it mean that gas-guzzling SUVs aren’t nearly as bad as they’re made out to be?
Next time you hear about all the bad things SUVs do, think about a medium-sized dog and remember that Fido is worse. Which means the SUV ain’t quite as bad as advertised.