Is a low carbon future compatible with companion animal ownership?
Absolutely it is! Pets will always play a vital role in our communities – they provide massive benefits to human mental health and physical health. They work as Assistance dogs, help our emergency services and teach us empathy and kindness. We love our pets and always will!
Studies from the USA have shown that on a protein basis, ~19% of the total environmental impact of food production can be attributed to cat and dog food. This is a simplified calculation because a large portion of pet food is made from animal products which humans are unwilling to consume. If the environmental impact is instead broken down by economic value (not just protein value) then the footprint is significantly lower than 19%.
While we love our pets, one of VfCA’s key goals is to work with the veterinary profession and its suppliers to recognise and reduce the carbon footprint of pet ownership.