Time to consider your carbon ‘paw’ print, according to US research...According to a new study, America’s cats and dogs are having a hugely detrimental effect on the planet.Due to the millions of meat products consumed by the four-legged furry companions, carbon emissions are notably excessive.The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, reveals that there are 163 million dogs and cats in the US regularly consuming animal products.
Subsequently, the popular pets are responsible for releasing large amounts of powerful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.Americans own the most pets in the world and the upkeep for pet care is considerably expensive. Reducing the rate of dog and cat ownership will significantly reduce the impact on the environment, the study explains.Equally, efforts to reduce waste, overfeeding and making use of vegetarian protein sources would make a substantial difference to lowering an animal’s carbon ‘paw’ print.
A 2013 study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences unveiled the quantities of greenhouse gases released after producing one kilogram of different animal proteins.Researchers found that producing just one kilogram of chicken releases 3.7 kilograms of carbon dioxide. For pork, on the other hand, the impact is far greater with 24 kilograms of carbon dioxide released per kilogram.However, the worst offender is beef, which can release up to 1,000 kilograms, excluding the animal’s water usage.Gregory Orkin, a UCLA geography professor, calculated the amount of meat likely to be consumed by America’s pet cats and dogs and found that their overall caloric consumption was roughly 19 per cent of what humans consume.Orkin explained that the figure correlates to the total number of calories consumed by France. Yes, the entire country.He concluded that US pet cats and dogs account for 64 million tons of nitrous oxide and methane. Essentilly saying that pets have the same environmental impact as 13.6 million cars... -----------------------
Do your pets need special glasses for the eclipse?When the total solar eclipse hits in a couple weeks, you'll need to have legit glasses to view it to protect your eyes if you are in one of the viewable areas.... But what about our animals' eyes?According to experts... The short answer is no... they do not need special glasses... animals have an inherent knowledge of not looking at the sun and they just don't look up at the sun and stare. So they don't need special glasses.That doesn't mean we shouldn't watch the animals. Their behavior could change. Maybe not necessarily in our pets, but the birds are going to start roosting and the frogs and crickets are going to start chirping because they’re going to think it’s nighttime.---------------------------
Boy gets a stinky wakeup...A Connecticut boy got an unpleasant surprise when he awoke to find a skunk in his bed.Hamden Police say the 13-year-old was awoken in his upstairs bedroom by the skunk, which had climbed into bed with him.Police say the skunk apparently got into the home when it climbed through a hole in a trash can and a resident brought the can inside. It's not clear how the skunk found its way into the boy's bed, but no one was happy about the outcome.Hamden Animal Control Division responded to a call about at 6 a.m. on July 25. Police say an animal control officer arrived "to the poignant smell of skunk, which emanated throughout the house."The family got the animal out of the house on their own.---------------------------
California police find hundreds of animals during arrestPolice in California stumbled across a trash-strewn industrial building crammed with more than 1,000 snakes, parrots, chickens and other animals - many of them dead - when they arrived to serve an arrest warrant on a man who rented the property.The surviving animals were being examined and sheltered Friday by the Inland Valley Humane Society and SPCA.Police originally arrived at the industrial building in Montclair, 30 miles east of Los Angeles, to make an arrest unrelated to the animals. They had asked humane society workers to accompany them to care for the man's two dogs while he was in custody.But when they got there, humane society operations manager James Edward said, they immediately became suspicious that other animals were inside.A search warrant was served and authorities entered to find more than a thousand chickens, baby chicks, parakeets, parrots, love birds, snakes and fish.Trash and debris were strewn everywhere, he said, and fish were swimming in tanks so filthy it was impossible to identify them. Snakes were locked in boxes without food or water. The building, itself, reeked of ammonia."It was definitely uninhabitable for animals or people," Edward said.Police did not immediately release the arrested man's name, and Edward said authorities didn't know why the animals were kept there.-------------------------------
Woman saves piglet from traffic, raises cash for its surgeryA Pennsylvania woman who rescued a piglet that was darting in and out of rush-hour traffic is getting help from local businesses to fund a surgery it needs to survive.Francesca McAndrews said she was driving to work when she saw the tiny swine dodging cars in Lancaster last month. She slammed on her brakes and caught the little pig. She says she's had some practice catching pigs at fair.She thinks the piglet fell off a livestock truck. Veterinarians say the animal needs surgery on a hernia it likely developed in the fall from the truck.If the hernia gets much bigger, it could rupture.Two local businesses are holding fundraisers to help pay for the pig's medical bills. One event is called Swine and Wine.------------------------------