28 Apr '14, 6pm

The Guardian says your cats are a climate menace

The Guardian says your cats are a climate menace

Americans throw $55.7 billion at their animal companions every year, and the mindless consumerism — designer doggie wear! video-activated treat dispensers! — makes Erik Assadourian sick. So The Guardian writer concludes that the 179 million dogs and cats in America MUST BE STOPPED. Clearly they’re doing more harm than the 314 million steak-eating, car-driving Americans! Assadourian predicts that when climate change disrupts our food supply, not only will we ditch our pets, we might start eating them. (Right .) But in the meantime, pet time-shares could help curb our emissions: Imagine, for example, if the pet culture shifted away from owning one or more pets per household to more of a “time-share” or Zipcar model? Reserving a play date with your favorite Golden Retriever once a week would reduce pet ownership — and the resulting economic and environmental costs — dramatica...

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