I was doing some reading and came across the fact that millions of people have pets. That made me wonder about pets and their impact on the environment. It is known that pet excrement can create harmful runoff but what about other impacts?
Food being diverted to create pet food. Packaging and transportation of pet food. Antibiotics and other drugs given to pets which are passed in their urine and into the soil. Plastic toys being discarded after use. Pets are generating the same kind of waste that we are except pet owners control the waste generated. Maybe we need to rethink our relationship with pets and try and determine the impact on the planet. Some people have advanced arguments about not having children to minimize the environmental impact. Maybe it is time to consider the same thing for pets.