Would you feed your pets insects to help save Earth from a climate crisis? As reported by CNN, researchers have stated that our pets are a major contributor to the climate crisis because of their meat-heavy diet.
While these researchers have not made the radical suggestion to get rid of pets, they have suggested that people should consider changing what is being fed to them. Angela Frimberger, a veterinarian with Vets for Climate Action, said:
“Insect-based pet foods can be nutritionally complete and are starting to come onto the market around the world. They can also be a solution for some pets that have food allergies to traditional protein sources.”
Other climate-friendly suggestions from researchers include cutting back on “consumerism.” In other words, avoid buying your pet costumes and unnecessary toys. Gregory Okin, the UCLA professor who authored the study, also suggests that people avoid large pets with a bigger carbon pawprint.
“Small rodents and birds are great options. Snakes, turtles and reptiles can have a really low impact, too, for those that are into it.”
What are your thoughts? Would you get a small pet and feed him/her insects to help fend off a climate crisis?