“How sustainable is pet ownership?” asks the author of the article. She starts off by naming some positives:
“Ask any pet owner: they will tell you they cannot conceive of life without their furry, scaly, or feathered companion. Studies prove that pet owners benefit from the companionship in the form of fewer medical visits, reduced stress and depression, and better social integration.”
But then follows with this:
“But will the stress on the planet of producing food for the growing human population change the way we view the ownership of domestic animals that serve only as companions?”
Then citing the best way to improve pet food sustainability is:
“Pet food also can fill a unique niche, using by-products or wastes from the manufacturing stream for human food — even lightening the footprint of the human food chain life cycle analysis rather than competing for the same resources.”
I was almost going to pass this article up after I read it, but found I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Sure , I can nod my head along to the statement that “Animals do not have the same digestive enzymes and metabolic needs, so a diet that works for us may not be healthy for our animals – which kind of goes against the whole philosophy of trying treat those creatures that depend on us humanely.” But I wont feed my pet something that’s not even considered food. By-products and wastes sound like a good idea to you? Food is food no matter what you are. We can’t just give the crap because the society doesn’t know how to sustain itself. It’s our fault they’re in this position in the first place. Animals weren’t put here pre-domesticated and house broken. We bred them that way over time. They could’ve sustained themselves all on their own. Our small house animals wouldn’t stand a chance out in the wild now. Not to mention we keep taking “the wild” away creating more of a dependance on us anyway. Having to build “habitats” so they still have something like normal, but still makes them rely on us for food. We have made it irrevocably our responsibility. Maybe we focus on not breeding animals and adopt instead. It makes no sense to create more animals we have no way to feed. It’s time to let go of the purebred notion. We have bigger things to worry about.