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September 03, 2019 - The Sydney Morning Herald

How big is your pet's environmental paw-print?

How big is your pet's environmental paw-print?
Credit: Matt Nelson

"We need to think about the number of pets we have, the size of these pets, and also the species," Professor David Raubenheimer, Sydney University's expert on nutritional ecology said.

That could mean thinking about whether it was necessary to have carnivorous animals like dogs and cats as pets. Raubenheimer added that it would be misplaced to think we can maintain current pet populations.

The carbon footprint of a sports utility vehicle driven for 10,000 kilometres for a year is about less than half of a medium sized dog like a labrador or a Golden Retriever, according to research published in the New Scientist.

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