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Are pets bad for the environment? | Leo Hickman | Environment | guardian.co.uk

12 July 2011

Are pets bad for the environment? | Leo Hickman | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

Unfortunately yes.  See also –

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~nhi775/cat_predation.htm

See also this – http://motherjones.com/environment/2011/06/cats-tnr-birds-feral

BAKER, P. J., BENTLEY, A. J., ANSELL, R. J. and HARRIS, S. (2005), Impact of predation by domestic cats Felis catus in an urban area. Mammal Review, 35: 302–312. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2907.2005.00071.x

And then there is the pet food – ” On the basis of recently released data on the Australian importation of fresh or frozen fish for the canned cat food industry, here we show that the estimated amount of raw fishery products directly utilized by the cat food industry equates to 2.48 million metric tonnes per year.”

Dogs – “In the United States alone, dog owners spent over $8.5 billion on commercially manufactured dog food in 2007” (Wikipedia figures from Ward, Ernest (2010). Chow hounds: Why our dogs are getting fatter. Health Communications. p. 13. ISBN 9780757313660.)
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