Making a logical connection

So tere\’s a new book out called \”Time to Eat the Dog\”.

The logic of which is that pets have CO2 emissions from the food they eat therefore perhaps we should cut down on hte number of pets we have in order to reduce emissions.

Yes, well:

That logical error is illustrated by that tiger: we have no use for tigers: we don\’t eat them (well, certain odd Chinese medicines aside), we don\’t use them in any manner in fact except to look at them and go \”Wow!\”. They are, in fact, therefore pets. But an adult tiger eats some 2,200 kg of meat a year, 13 times more than that Collie. The environmental impact of a collie is thus 13 times as much: like driving a Land Cruiser 78,000 miles a year. So, if we follow the logic of this book then we\’ve got to follow the logic that, if we are in favor of the continued existence of tigers then we must add that carbon emission number to our own when calculating whether our lifestyle is truly sustainable.

So, err, shouldn\’t we be cutting down on hte amount of wildlife then as well, in order to make our lifestyles truly sustainable?

4 comments on “Making a logical connection

  1. I hear that rainforest termites’ farts are the single largest source of CO2 emmissions, so quick, cut down all the rainforests ! That’ll show ’em.

    Alan Douglas

  2. The tiger is only eating grazing animals that have already taken carbon from plants. Surely the real culprits are grazing animals. Without zebras and wildebeest, the savannah would turn into forest with much a higher rate of carbon sequestration, no?

  3. I think the chief benefit of this argument is how clearly it delineates the reductio ad absurdum logic of so much of what passes for rational thought in the minds of modern-day eco-loons. If your calculations state that driving a Toyota Landcruiser for 10,000 km a year is equivalent to permitting to remain in existence one collie then your sums are either a) faulty or b) immaterial. Armed with hallucinatory pseudo-statistics like that, you will be laughed out of court, to the lasting benefit of the human (and collie) race.

  4. Every year I shoot a deer in Western Canada. A filthy carbon farting range-rat.

    Would you lot please count these hunts as carbon credits for me?

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