UCLA Climate Change Study Has Some VERY Bad News For Pet Owners

In a study published on Wednesday by scientific journal PLOS One, UCLA Geography Professor Gregory Okin presents the grim findings of his research, which concludes that our loveable pets are causing global warming — in fact, a whole bunch of global warming.

"Americans are the largest pet owners in the world, but the tradition of pet ownership in the US has considerable costs," writes Okin. "As pet ownership increases in some developing countries, especially China, and trends continue in pet food toward higher content and quality of meat, globally, pet ownership will compound the environmental impacts of human dietary choices."

The problem, he explains, is that dogs and cats eat a lot of meat, which, as any good vegetarian knows, destroys the planet, creating the equivalent, UCLA Newsroom explains, of 64 million tons of carbon dioxide a year — "about the same climate impact as a year’s worth of driving from 13.6 million cars."

Okin calculates that all told, the food produced for cats and dogs is responsible for about 25-30 percent of the environmental impact of meat consumption in the entire country. "If Americans’ 163 million Fidos and Felixes comprised a separate country, their fluffy nation would rank fifth in global meat consumption, Okin calculated, behind only Russia, Brazil, the United States and China," UCLA explains.