Mark Howell, an independent member for Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council, aired some quite controversial views in an online video earlier this week.
Councilor says dogs damage the environment
As the Council discussed climate change, Cllr Howell suggested that dog owners do their part and ‘scale down’. According to him, large and medium-sized dogs in particular are a threat to our planet since they consume so much meat and caring for them involves a lot of overseas purchases on the owners’ part.
The Cllr said:
Do we really have to stop owning dogs?
Of course, the Cllr’s suggestions have been widely criticized, namely by the Kennel Club, who reminds us that dogs play a huge role in our mental and physical health. They also added that dogs need stability and the idea of sharing them with other owners is quite dangerous. According to the Kennel Club, it could lead to serious behavioural problems.
There are so many things we (and our governments) can do to reduce our carbon footprints. But we can also be eco-friendly while owning a pet.
See also: Study suggests your cat may be secretly destroying the environment