According to a report published by two New Zealand scientists in the journal New Scientist, the answer lies in the amount of surface area it requires to produce their food. The scientists, Robert and Brenda Vale, note that a medium-sized dog consumes about 164 pounds of meat and 95 pounds of grain in a year. The impact on the environment it takes to produce the meat and grain corresponds to an area of 0.84 hectares.

On the other hand, a 4x4 vehicle that travels 10,000 kilometers a year has an ecological footprint of 0.41 hectares, two times less than the dog! Plus, this figure factors in the energy required to produce and power the vehicle...

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Do you believe this study that says pets are more harmful to the environment than cars?
According to a report published by two New Zealand scientists in the journal New Scientist, the answer lies in the amount of surface area it requires to produce their food. The scientists, Robert and Brenda Vale, note that a medium-sized dog consumes about 164 pounds of meat and 95 pounds of grain in a year. The impact on the environment it takes to produce the meat and grain corresponds to an area of 0.84 hectares.

On the other hand, a 4x4 vehicle that travels 10,000 kilometers a year has an ecological footprint of 0.41 hectares, two times less than the dog! Plus, this figure factors in the energy required to produce and power the vehicle...

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12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 12/30/09 - 4:37:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
that's pretty inconclusive, and only ONE study. Science doesn't work that way.

a lot of people drive more than that, or have pets that don't eat that much. Things aren't black-and-white like this website wants you to believe.
12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/1/10 - 4:11:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
*flushes his goldfish and gets a hummer*
12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/1/10 - 11:19:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't what the hell to believe anymore.



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