7 Feb 2010, 6:38pm
Too Ludicrous For Words
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Dogs use up more energy resources than a car, authors claim

By Gillian Murdoch, News.com.au, October 23, 2009 [here]

THEY’RE faithful, friendly and furry - but under their harmless, fluffy exteriors, dogs and cats, the world’s most popular house pets, use up more energy resources in a year than driving a car, a new book says.

In their book Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living, New Zealand-based architects Robert and Brenda Vale say keeping a medium-sized dog has the same ecological impact as driving 10,000km a year in a 4.6 litre Land Cruiser.

Calculating that the modern Fido chows through about 164kg of meat and 95kg of cereals a year, the Vales estimated the ecological footprint of cats and dogs, based on the amount of land needed to grow common brands of pet food. … [more]

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