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Pets and the Planet: - Book Review

Humankind has adversely affected our planet, for the need for greed, for a very long time. Part of this greed has been the pet industry, which has left a huge scar on our planet from needless deaths through smuggling or poaching to extinction or near extinction.

A breath of fresh air is felt when you see outstanding books published like Pets and the Planet: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Pet Care by Carol Frischmann. Right when people may actually be listening, if for no other reason, that green is a popular subject now.

The author communicates sustainability, a balance between needs and our resources, “It means providing for our pets in a way that leaves the earth as resource-rich after we care for our pets as it was before we acquired them.”

Guidance for purchases, what products we use on our pets that will affect our earth, how we dispose of these products, turning full circle on how we can renew those resources and still keep our pets healthy and happy.

Sales of anything natural and organic for pets surged after the huge pet food recall beginning March of 2007. The pet foods from China that contained melamine that sickened and killed many of our pets, this certainly had a huge impact on our earth. This book will help us make sure we don't let this happen again.

This book goes past the popular muddle of the green hype and tells us what really matters. It is obvious the author has done a great deal of research to educate us on safer choices. The book efficiently coaches all options giving you the tools to make those right choices. The author suggests purchasing locally, “You’ll support local businesses and those that care about what they put into their products.”

The author suggests buying as little as possible. This is an excellent point, especially since I can look around and see three jillion animal toys from where I am right now. I use to be much better about making animal toys out of the stuff I had on hand at the time.

Reading this book has certainly centered my axis back to where it needs to be. “We may be able to meet some of our pet-care needs through either sharing or recycling,” admirable point. Check out chapter four on things your pet really needs.

The section on labeling, and why it is confusing is quite helpful, you at least know what to look for, or not look for.

It took us a long time to recognize we even had a problem, let alone to address the serious issues and do something about it. Since we are responsible pet owners, this book certainly gets us going in the right direction. Check out the figures and statistics you will be amazed at the impact that humans and their pets make on this world.

This book was checked out of the Huron Public Library.



Pets and the Planet: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Pet Care




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