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I have a cat, and I love him to bits, but it seems that by having my little angel I am causing the world harm :(
Why is that? I want more pets in the future, dogs even! Why does having someone cuddly to love cause harm to the Earth? cuddles kitty in wait
My cat is very sweet, soft and cuddly, I think humans have more of an impact than animals, animals are dying because of human cruelty, animals only kill humans for good reasons!!!
I think it is important for people to have pets – but it should be taken into consideration where those pets come from. I can’t understand why people continue to pay 200-300 pounds for a full bred dog which is gonna by it’s nature be more susceptible to disease. There are so many animals in shelters out there that need a good home. I have 3 dogs all from a local shelter and would never dream of “buying” from a breeder.
I do agree that people need to be a lot more responsible – especially in their attitude to fouling. I know it is not the nicest job in the world to clean up after your dog but hey it comes with the territory.
It is fair to include the impact of pets – and dogs and cats are fundamentally carnivores but few live entirely on own caught prey. Yes they do provide us with benefits – but it is fair that their cost us built into the calculator.
I think that owning a pet is more likely to make you want to support WWF more than if you don’t care about pets.
I give 90% of my contributions to animal charities only, the other goes to the poppy fund.
My cat eats meat and biscuits but I always recycle all the packaging. I also but the recycled paper litter, and compost it after removing the cat poo.
My cat is also a rescue cat not a bought pedigree cat.
She also reminds me because she is a very content kitty, that it’s the simple pleasures the matter most, not the unnecessary rubbish that we buy.
Maybe they should specify what kind of pet on the quiz as we have 2 mini hamsters and a guinea pig which mainly eat veggie peelings and leafy things and any other leftover raw veg and apples. I also reuse old newspapers to line their cages/hutch along with a bit of hay which can all be composted afterwards so I’m guessing the impact they have would be much lower than a dog, cat or possibly even a fish.
WWF say that cats and dogs eat large quantities of meat. There seems to be no facility to indicate if your animals are vegan, vegetarian or largely so (and there are nutritionally suitable makes for both dogs and cats, see veggiepets.com) All the dog food we buy is organic.
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