Owning a Pet Isn't Always Eco-Friendly

Did you know that some pets have pretty high carbon footprints?

Did you know that some pets have some pretty high carbon footprints? We don't often thing about the ecological cost of having pets, but it turns out that keeping our pets healthy can come at a high price. The amount of food that cats and dogs eat combined results in 64 million tons of greenhouse gases released into our atmosphere. Pets eat almost 20% of what people in America eat so it makes sense that their food impact is as much as about 13 million cars' worth!

Most of this work comes from raising the livestock it takes to make pet food. Since pet owners are often choosing gourmet pet food, the impact is even higher, since the animals aren't getting "leftover" meat but meat harvested for them alone. 

One idea is to help animals get plant proteins instead to help curb the footprint, but we all know that spaying and neutering animals to help curb their population is probably one of the best solutions. What other ideas do you have to reduce pet eco footprints?


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