Time to say goodbye to Fido and Fluffy?
A man wrote a letter to a hotel he planned to visit on his vacation: “I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well-behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me?” An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said, “I’ve been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I’ve never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome to stay here, too.”
We know for years environmentalists have been after us about the kind of – auto we drive to work, bulbs we insert into lamps, bags we use for shopping, etc. But now the global warmers are setting their sight on a new kind of climate villain, pets; in particular, your dog and/or cat. Here’s the scoop (pardon the pun):
Tree huggers worship vegetarianism and demonize carnivorism. To them, meat-eating diets require too much land and energy to produce foods like beef, pork and lamb – resulting in a poor “carbon footprint” harmful to the planet. And they say that pound for pound, dogs and cats consume more of these meats in their daily diet than do humans. As well they add, there are 180 million such pets in North America (one for every two people) making these animals, as a combined group, larger carnivores than all the other peopled nations in the world – with the exception of the human populations of Russia, Brazil, China and the U.S. (Plus forget about turning your dog or cat into a vegetarian, not if you want them to keep living). And what would be the result of getting rid of every dog and cat in the land? In the book, Is It Time To Eat The Dog?, the author states that such a purge would be environmentally comparable to removing 14 million vehicles off the road because – each dog has twice the “carbon footprint” of an SUV utility vehicle and each cat has an equal “climate footprint” to a Volkswagen Beetle. Instead, they recommend pets like: rabbits, goats, chickens, ducks and goldfish (the latter whose “carbon footprint” is only that of two cell phones).
The bottom line? I hardly know where to begin with all of the above. First, I do not believe that we are in any kind of climate change crisis. To me, this is the great hoax of our time. Second, I do not agree that animals like cows, pigs and lambs are harmful to the environment, but rather vitally beneficial to it, especially when it comes to the soil we use for growing our food. And third, I do not think we need to get rid of “all” dogs and cats to save the planet. However, if I am wrong about the latter, there is one cat I’d be willing to… (On second thought, I better not go there if I want to stay out of the “dog house”!)
Winston Churchill – “I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. But pigs, they treat us as equals.”