Sunday, 15 November 2009

The problem with pets: they're bad for the planet

Destroying the world

I don't want to turn this post into another on the rights and wrongs of AGW, but one on retaining a sense of perspective. In the never ending pursuit of reducing our carbon no employment, interest, hobby or even companion is safe from the all seeing eye of the hysterical environmental lobby and their insatiable urge to tell you how to live your life. 

We need to retain some sense of perspective.

There are a billion billion worlds out there in the universe untouched by the influence of thinking, feeling, sentient beings. Some may have rudimentary forms of life, some dull lifeless rocks, all of them 'at one with nature'. The world we live in is extraordinary, fantastic and perhaps even unique precisely because we have the ability to shape and enjoy our world. To improve the fertility of our farm land, to travel by air to see this world and to even share the comforts of our lives with small domesticated pets are all part of our environment that we have created beyond the state of nature. We do of course need to preserve the environment in which we live from unnecessary or extreme damage, but I see no reason why we should seek to maintain some artificial pre-industrial status quo.

I suspect the nations pets are safe for now, but at the current levels of hysteria how long until someone seriously suggests a quota on pets and an accompanying mandatory pet registration scheme?

It seems the British public have their doubts anyway

1 comment:

AndrewWS said...

'A dog is for life, not just for Christmas lunch', as the bumper stickers say in Korea.