NEWSWIRE: United Nations (New York). The Secretary General of the United Nations today called for the death of all pets, but especially dogs and cats. He also called for a 20% reduction in all livestock grown for consumption for each year until all humans adopted a vegetarian diet, citing Francis Lappe Moore’s book Diet for a Small Planet as the single most authoritative reference in any language written in all time.
Below is the principal scientific finding, every bit as robust and indisputable as the science of the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The Secretary General is reported to have said “Now that ClimateGate is old news, it is time for PetGate.”
Polluting pets: the devastating impact of man’s best friend
PARIS (AFP) – sports utility vehicle.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
But the revelation in the book Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living by New Zealanders Robert and Brenda Vale has angered pet owners who feel they are being singled out as troublemakers.
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.
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And pets’ environmental impact is not limited to their carbon footprint, as cats and dogs devastate wildlife, spread disease and pollute waterways, the Vales say.
With a total 7.7 million cats in Britain, more than 188 million wild animals are hunted, killed and eaten by feline predators per year, or an average 25 birds, mammals and frogs per cat, according to figures in the New Scientist.
Likewise, dogs decrease biodiversity in areas they are walked, while their faeces cause high bacterial levels in rivers and streams, making the water unsafe to drink, starving waterways of oxygen and killing aquatic life.
And cat poo can be even more toxic than doggy doo — owners who flush their litter down the toilet ultimately infect sea otters and other animals with toxoplasma gondii, which causes a killer brain disease.