Your pet is ruining the planet, says UCLA study

LOS ANGELES (BY: SHERYL BAILEY, NEWBURGHGAZETTE.com) – The study claims the meat-based diet of many dogs and cats requires more meat than the average human diet, meaning the existence of pets is making global warming worse.

The paper found pets are responsible for 25 to 30 per cent of the environmental impact of meat consumption in the US. He focused on dry foods, since both cat and dog owners spend more money on dry foods than wet foods.

Okin claims pets are responsible for 25 to 30 percent of the environmental impact of meat consumption in the US, and if Americans’ 163 million dogs and cats were a separate country, it would rank fifth in global meat consumption behind only Russia, Brazil, the USA and China.

“Given the significant environmental impact of meat production, the contributions of our omnivorous and carnivorous pets deserve special attention, ” according to Okin’s study, published in the journal PLOS ONE.

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