Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cap & Trade, Wally Style!

Cap and trade is a climate control measure in which businesses, essentially, pay a tax on profits garnered from polluting practices. It's all the rage in the new climate change control measures. If you pollute under the cap you can "sell" the remainder to other companies.

Well, my ma ape has been reading stories about the environmental impact of pets like this article about how cats are RUINING THE OCEANS by eating overfarmed fish (I've known they were ruining the world for YEARS). Or this article about how some people are making their pets vegan to reduce their carbon footprints.

As some of you may know, my ma ape makes like a rabbit. She's been a vegetarian since she was a teenager (at least 470 decades ago) and is now a vegan. And she worries about all of the pollution we make (especially in her personal air space after eating a particularly large dinner). But she also agrees with this:

"With humans, of course, we believe that whether or not to consume meat is a personal and private choice. With our pets, of course, we're deciding for them," said Mindy Bough, senior director for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "Someone has to look at their own personal views and work with a veterinarian to make sure nutritional deficiencies aren't occurring."

So she decided to let us play a role in deciding and she gave us a choice: delicious rosemary tofu served with mushroom gravy on cauliflower and garlic mash or Cornish Hens? Our choice was unanimous:


HENS, PLEASE! (Actually, two of us chose both.)

So we're going to do a little cap and trade where the ma ape will try to make her carbon footprint SMALLER so that our little greedy footprints can be BIGGER!

Ma Ape/Dogaboos:

Vegan/Raw and home prepared meals
More locally grown foods /More meatables from local sources
GARDENING!/ Eating tomatoes from the garden--NOM NOM
Commute by bike/As many walks as our twelve feets will carry us on
Canvas bags/Recycled poo bags (Oscar has offered to EAT our waste. This is being negotiated. Ma Ape's opening offer: STOP THAT!)
Composting/Leaving fresh organic materials for composting

Does anyone have any more suggestions for our cap and trade program? Also, I am looking for ways to reduce my brudder's gaseous emissions. I have come to accept the hot air coming out of the ma ape's mouth is inevitable.

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13 Comments:

Blogger Gus said...

We get some vegan treats that are delish. Maybe since you eat RAW, you could have veggie and fruit treats? Also, no leather leashes or collars, right?

gussie

OOOH, and muzzer wants one of those things that get dug into the earth and process doggie poos, kinda like a Svedish toilet?

g

5:56 PM  
Blogger Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Mom liked the rosemary ofFURing...I'll take the little khats....

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

8:09 PM  
Blogger Joe Stains said...

hmm sounds like you guys are definitely going to make a difference. Mom was vegetarian for a couple of years, she didn't really have a problem not eating meat, she didn't miss it much. As for the gas, I have NO CLUE how to have less.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Jacks, Narra, Tuchuck, and Rousseau said...

Don't let Oscar "dispose" of your waste, Wally, because Tuchuck will want to do it, too! Hm, we're wondering if it wouldn't be easier on the apes for the whole household to eat the same food?! Check that, won't work for us: human cant' feed himself to begin with. Good thing he takes better care of us!

JNTR

9:12 PM  
Blogger Princess, Tank and Isaac: The Newfs of Hazard said...

We think you shouldget a Buffaloe cap and trade it for more meatables.

12:52 AM  
Blogger Sophie Brador said...

Shouldn't that be cRap and trade?

xo
SB

9:10 AM  
Blogger Dozer and Coop said...

Cooper is willing to come to your house to eat the poopies. He is lessening our carbon footprint by recycling all the poo every day and what he misses Dottie takes care of. I asked the vet how to get this to stop and she said if I ever discover how to let her know since her dogs eat their poo too. It is a vicious cycle and disgusting too! BOL!

9:44 AM  
Blogger Beckett said...

I think your meatables look delicious. I eat a fish kibble because I have a lot of allergies, but now my newly-vegan mom is feeling guilty about that...

Beckett

11:13 AM  
Blogger Amber-Mae said...

Woah! Just look at those meatables! I'm drooling here.

Belly jiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

11:28 AM  
Blogger Moco said...

It seems that you and your Ma Ape have put a lot of thought into this problem. Grammie has the poop-o-matic that turns our waste into compost. We just happen to think she is NUTS and better not be putting it on my tomato plants.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Poppy said...

I agree with your Ma. She's vegan too, but I'm not. My dry foods (and my wet foods) are meaty, although I do get vegan treats.

Do you use corn poo bags like I do??!! They're totally biodegradable.

Poppy

1:22 PM  
Blogger Simba and Jazzi said...

We wouldn't mind having some meatballs.

Simba and Jazzi xx

3:02 PM  
Blogger Mack said...

Good choice guys.

As for the excessive gas, I'd say just enjoy it.

6:26 AM  

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