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Old 16-03-2021, 13:37   #1
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are dogs and cats sustainable?

I recently read the Steve & Linda Dashew retire thread here in the forum and it moved and angered me.

I was amazed at how much negative energy the thread released. Especially because boat life is not sustainable for any of you, sail or motor, small or large. Antifouling, diesel engines, plastics etc, private pleasure and personal consumption is more important to everyone here than environmental protection.

And now my point:
For all the do-gooders who have a dog or cat on board their sailboat, I would like to broaden the perspective and thus point out the absurdity, of the embarrassing denigration of Steve and Linda's work expressed here in the forum.

Actual quote from the daily newspaper "Tagesspiegel" Berlin:

A few years ago, in the pre-Greta Thunberg era, members of the Bundestag Germany from brought in a cross-party initiative. They requested to be allowed to take their dogs with them into parliament. This would create a positive atmosphere, they said.

At the same time, the German Animal Welfare Association promoted an annual action day under the motto: "Colleague Dog - An Animal Taster Day". Dog owners should be allowed to bring their four-legged friends to work for one day. This would have a positive effect on the climate in companies.

However, dogs and cats have a devastating effect on the global climate. About 25 million of them live in German households. They eat around one million tonnes of meat every year. This has to be produced, packaged and delivered. Most of it comes from huge slaughterhouses. In addition, there is the excrement - faeces and urine, phosphorus, nitrogen and heavy metals.

According to a study by the Technical University of Berlin in August 2020, a 15-kilogram dog that lives for 13 years is responsible for 8.2 tonnes of CO2 emissions. That corresponds to about 13 flights from Berlin to Barcelona. By comparison, a person living in Germany produces 12.5 tonnes of the climate-damaging greenhouse gas per year. Two tonnes per year are recommended.
Moreover, dogs and cats are not farm animals. They provide neither milk nor eggs nor meat nor fur. Their excrement does not serve as fertiliser, but must be disposed of. This requires plastic bags, cat litter and endless amounts of water.

American researchers already came to similar conclusions in August 2017. According to them, dogs and cats in the USA are responsible for up to 30 percent of the environmental pollution caused by meat production.

If the pets living in the USA were a nation, they would be in fifth place on a list of countries with the highest meat consumption. Ahead of them are only China, the USA, Brazil and Russia!!!

In Germany, there has been a pet boom for a year. Demand has risen, prices are exploding. The main reason is said to be the measures to contain the Corona pandemic, contact bans, distance, lockdown. The animals are supposed to satisfy the need for closeness. In Berlin alone, more than 6000 more dogs were registered at the end of 2020 than the year before.
Can dogs and cats also be fed vegetarian or even vegan diets? Experts argue about this. They also disagree on the question of whether dogs or cats are the bigger climate killers. While dogs eat more meat, keeping cats produces more waste. What is certain, however, is that meat from organic products causes less environmental damage than meat from conventional slaughterhouses.

If you not only want to improve the climate at home, but also protect the global climate, you should consider buying a hamster, rabbit or turtle.

With a wink, best regards, Benjamin
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