Large and medium dogs should be phased out to help save the planet, says city councilor

A city councilor has effectively called for the phase-out of medium and large dogs because he claims they are harmful to the environment.

Mark Howell claims that the carbon footprint of dogs such as German Shepherds and Labradors is the same as an SUV car.

Cllr Howell has said that the methane emissions from these animals are causing serious damage to the planet, reports the Daily Star.

He also claimed that pets consume 20 percent of the world’s meat and fish and that this demand adds to pollution as it has to be transported.

While not calling for an outright ban on large dogs, he said pet owners should consider “cutting back” and having smaller dogs in the future.

He also said animal lovers should consider sharing dogs as pets with friends and relatives in the future to reduce the number of dogs.

Mr Howell, an independent member of Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council, shared his controversial views in an online video following a town hall discussion on climate change.

Councilors debated ways in which the local authority can achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

He said, “The pets are an elephant in the room. This is a really serious question that politicians don’t seem ready to raise, they are understandably afraid of the backlash, but it is important.

“It is estimated that globally, pets consume 20% of the meat and fish in the world. A medium sized dog has the same effect on emissions as a Toyota Landcruiser, in fact some estimates say it is twice as much.

“I’ve had a lot of criticism about this, but I think it’s important to say that we all have a personal responsibility to reduce our carbon emissions.

“I’m not saying we should ban or exterminate dogs, but what I’m saying is that people need to think carefully about the death of their animals, whether they need to replace them or downsize their animals. pets.

Maybe if they need to share pets, if they need the support of their own pet, or can get pleasure and contentment from other people’s animals.

“The main problem with animals is the methane they produce and the consumption of meat, which leads to a different problem regarding the amount of pollutants and the loss of forests in other parts of the world which is simply accelerating for feed the pets.”

Mr. Howell’s comments have been labeled “disturbing” by the Kennel Club.

Bill Lambert, Head of Health, Welfare and Breeding Services at The Kennel Club, said: “We are surprised at the comments made by Councilor Mark Howell regarding dogs and their effect on our carbon footprint.

“While dogs, like any animal, can have an effect on our environment, we must also take into account the very positive influence dogs have on our lives.

“As any dog ​​owner will attest, dogs are part of our family. They offer companionship, loyalty, not to mention the many positive mental and physical health benefits they provide.

“Many medium and large breeds are used as assistance, support, medical detection and police dogs.

“Attempting to eliminate these dogs would be seriously damaging to the society in which we live.

Dog owners, like everyone else, can look for ways to reduce their dog’s effects on the environment. This can be done by using biodegradable poop bags, making sure to weigh their dog’s food to help reduce waste, and purchasing non-plastic, more durable dog toys.

“The concept of ‘sharing’ a dog is very disturbing. Dogs need stability and to feel secure in their environment. To be shared among different owners, anyone who may have a different set of rules or commands could be extremely confusing for a dog and lead to serious behavior problems.

Grahame Johnstone, a resident of Poole, said: “I can’t believe I’m watching this drivel. A party set up to take care of us Poolélites has completely lost the plot.

Martin Houldon said: “If you are looking for a cert dead vote loser, then I don’t think you could have chosen better.”

Eliza Allen, Director of PETA, said: “Guardians concerned with reducing their dog’s carbon footprint – as well as their own carbon footprint – should definitely look at their own plates before looking at their dog’s bowl and choosing a vegan. healthy and nutritious. diet today.

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