Slaughter buffalo, eat your dog… all to save the planet

45 minutes at gas mark 7.

45 minutes at gas mark 7.

The lunatic fringe is in full voice at the moment, advocating all kinds of idiotic schemes to “save the planet from climate change”. Last week it was a pair of New Zealand “scientists” who had calculated that your pet dog has a larger carbon footprint than a Toyota Landcruiser. Their book is charmingly entitled “Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living“, and was all unquestioningly reported by the global media, including our own Fairfax:

The couple from Wellington’s Victoria University measured the carbon emissions of popular pets, taking into consideration what and how much the animal eats and the land needed to create that food.

The shock verdict was that owners of large dogs are as much in the dog box on environmental sustainability as owners of the oft-criticised four-wheel drive.

“A lot of people worry about having SUVs but they don’t worry about having Alsatians and what we are saying is, well, maybe you should be because the environmental impact … is comparable,” Brenda Vale said. (source)

Then today we read of another wackademic proposing that 150,000 feral buffalo be culled in order to reduce emissions:

Charles Darwin University’s Professor Stephen Garnett says an individual buffalo emits the equivalent of about a tonne of carbon dioxide each year.

He says feral animals release around 4 per cent of the Northern Territory’s annual greenhouse gas emissions.

Professor Garnett says outstation communities should be paid to cull feral buffaloes to fight climate change.

“There’s many places where you can’t run a buffalo ranching operation,” he said.

“There’s potential for reducing those numbers as a greenhouse gas mitigation measure.

Each adult buffalo produces the equivalent of about a tonne of carbon dioxide each year and they live quite a long time. So that is a reasonable amount of carbon dioxide they are producing.” (source)

Where will this all end? Clearly the 6 billion humans belching and farting 24/7 must have a pretty big carbon footprint as well. When are we going to start culling them? We’ll leave the last word to Robert Vale:

Robert Vale told New Scientist magazine that we need to consider pet sharing: think the theatre cat or the temple dog.

And if you must have your own you should enjoy it for both its companionship and its flesh.

He recommends hens, which partly compensate for their eco-footprint by providing eggs, as well as pigs, or even rabbits, “provided you eat them”.

Fido and chips all round, then…

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