Why you should worry about your pet’s ecological footprint

No Planet B | From domestic cats’ ecocide of small animals to the greenhouse gases they emit, owning a pet is an environmental vice we must confront, writes Graham Lawton Environment | Comment 4 December 2019 By Graham Lawton Ivanov Arkady/Alamy Stock PhotoONE of my cats has died, and I am bereft. It wasn’t the…

Why you should worry about your pet’s ecological footprint

No Planet B | From domestic cats’ ecocide of small animals to the greenhouse gases they emit, owning a pet is an environmental vice we must confront, writes Graham Lawton



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4 December 2019

By Graham Lawton

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ONE of my cats has died, and I am bereft. It wasn’t the one we expected to lose first, the saggy old ginger tom, but the much younger one who we thought had many years left in him. Turns out he had a weak heart. Mine is now broken.

I tell you this not to wallow in grief but to raise an issue that rarely gets an airing when we talk about making personal sacrifices to help the environment. I loved my cat and I miss him, but I take comfort from the fact that my …

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