Huffington Post | Nov 13, 2018
8% of Americans are vegan or vegetarians, and another 31% actively reduce their meat consumption. Global meat and dairy production accounts for 14.5% of all GHG emissions - that’s more than all cars, planes, trains and boats combined.
Pet dogs and cats in the US are responsible for 30% of the environmental impact of meat production. If you put all the American dogs, cats and other pets on their own island, they would rank fifth in global meat consumption, behind Russia, Brazil, the U.S. and China.
While a vegan or vegetarian diet for dogs is possible to develop, its complicated. Dogs need certain nutrients in their diets and are omnivores. If you switch your dog’s diet, make sure its has been developed in accordance with a vet or nutritionist.