Monday, 26 October 2009

Latest Climate Change News...

... we will all have to eat our pets.


Victoria University professors Brenda and Robert Vale, architects who specialise in sustainable living, say pet owners should swap cats and dogs for creatures they can eat, such as chickens or rabbits, in their provocative new book Time to Eat the Dog: The real guide to sustainable living.

The eco-pawprint of a pet dog is twice that of a 4.6-litre Land Cruiser driven 10,000 kilometres a year, researchers have found.
Oh, of course. Completely plausible.

This can only mean one of two things. Either there is a monumental wind-up being played in order to discredit the green movement, or the Toyota Land Cruiser is a lot more environmentally friendly that has been suggested.

In which case, my little 3.6 litre toy must be near-negligible in its impact. Whatever, I'm smiling...


  1. Dog meat is a bit bland and fatty. Would I be allowed a Kobe cow on my balcony?

  2. So long as you don't mind the effluent...

    Actually no; elf 'n safety - it might trip and fall off.

  3. Let them eat pets? Have the RSPCA been informed of this incitement to animal cruelty?

    Anyway, don't cows produce vast amounts of CO2? Doesn't sound very environmentally friendly to me.

  4. Aw, would you believe it; we have just acquired a scrawny dog who runs fast. :-)

    We love our dogs but as competition for resources rises, 'dog bashing' (so to speak) and envy will increase. We don't eat horses yet, but attitudes may change despite my initial reaction being how ludicrous. I am surprised guinea pigs aren't mentioned, as in Peru they are the equivalent of chickens and are simple to keep. How about hedgehogs? I have never tried one, but hedgehog when baked in clay on an open fire is suppose to be mouth-wateringly delicious.

  5. Albert, I think the RSPCA have been aware for quite some time that people have been slaughtering animals for food ;-)

    Cows are major greenhouse gas emitters. So when the greenies have made us walk everywhere, stage 2 is to make us all into vegans. How we'll make the shoes we need to do all that walking, without leather, I have no idea... :-(

    Measured; I always knew I was tasty.

  6. Patently, I couldn't eat you. You're far too urbane.

    Hang on though, what if I was hungry?

    On second thoughts, yes, I could.

  7. Never fancied eating road-kill myself.

  8. Well, we do (at least) fit nicely on a pizza base.

  9. I hope the climate change nuts have lost it enough to try and take this crap mainstream and tell middle England they've got to get rid of the dog, I so really do.

  10. Absolutely, Steven. But an 80% reduction in emissions isn't going to be easy....

  11. I hope the climate change nuts have lost it enough to try and take this crap mainstream and tell middle England they've got to get rid of the dog, I so really do.

    Can we set up a spoof climate change pressure group, pressing for the culling of non-consumable pets?

  12. Patently - it will be if the recession lasts much longer. The greens must be wetting themselves with excitement every time our living standards drop a bit more.

  13. measured, you've obviously never been to France. i can highly recommend cheval steak for the bbq.

  14. @Henry Crun

    Is it that obvious?

    My answer is horses for courses. We are talking 'chevaux des plats' in translation, not 'champs de course des chevaux' as referred to in the English phrase or 'cours'.

    For various reasons my values make me steer clear of horse, camel, dog, halal meat, veal, foie gras and endangered species generally. An exception could be made to nibble some roasted hedgehog as I think that would be irresistibly tasty.

    Does my conscience go so far as to stop me eating meat? No, but what I read today implied that it is now immoral to eat meat, as well as damagingly indulgent (p6 Times2 Wednesday 28th Oct 2009).

  15. I have been to France many times, never had horse though. I am told it is quite nice.