Dogs are actually bad for the environment, according to the latest research by two New Zealand scientists . Their book claims these pets have a carbon footprint that is about twice the size of an SUV, which are some of the biggest gas guzzlers on the planet. This is bad news for us dog owners. Does this mean you should get rid of poor ol’ Fido? Of course not. But if you are concerned about getting a pet that has a small carbon footprint, perhaps you will consider one of these three.
Pets That Have Small Carbon Footprints: Birds
A bird’s carbon footprint is as small as its own feet. The impact of processing and shipping fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds is significantly smaller than that of a fifty-pound bag of dog food. This is especially true if you grow your bird’s food yourself or chop up leftover vegetables for your friendly family fowl. Use a stainless steel cage, rather than a plastic one, and give your pet a real, wooden perch. You can use yesterday’s paper as a liner, instead of buying actual liners. While a bird may not be as cuddly as a kitten, it is just as entertaining and has a much smaller carbon footprint.
Pets That Have Small Carbon Footprints: Goldfish
Goldfish aren’t quite as environmentally friendly as a bird, but they have a much smaller footprint than a dog. They actually don’t have feet at all, for that matter. But as far as carbon footprints go, these little critters have one comparable to the size of two cell phones (and a memory span of up to three seconds). While they do take up a valuable natural resource–water–they usually don’t need to eat much more than a few flakes of fish food. If you want to use less of this resource, put an algae eating fish in the tank to keep it clean.
Pets That Have Small Carbon Footprints: Hamsters
They may be small, but two hamsters have the same footprint as a plasma television. However, while they are worse than birds and fish when it comes to saving the planet, hamsters are much more eco-friendly than a dog or a cat. Fortunately, they don’t eat much, and you can keep them in a wire cage, rather than a plastic one. Plus, you can line the cage with either recycled paper pellets or wood shavings. So what’s it going to be: a bird, a goldfish, or a hamster?
Source: Authors Claim Pets are More Damaging to Environment Than SUVs