From the Forums: Does Green Mean No Pets?

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Pillon writes:

I've come across this disturbing article in the Toronto Star about the environmental impact of owning a pet. According to the article "feeding a medium-sized dog for a year has twice the environmental impact of driving a luxury SUV for 10,000 kilometers." Furthermore, "even a good-sized cat requires 0.15 gha, slightly less than the year-long use of a compact Volkswagen". Still, they raise a good point: what environmental impact are our pets having?

So what do you think? Can a green lifestyle include pets? Join the conversation.