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GMB viewers livid with climate expert who wants us to give up pets


An environmental campaigner has left Good Morning Britain viewers furious after claims humans should abandon their ‘cruel’ need to keep pets to help save the climate.

Author and activist Donnachadh McCarthy appeared on the show to speak to Susanna Reid and Adil Ray about the vast contribution cats, dogs and other pets contribute to the climate emergency.

According to GMB, researchers have discovered that the eco-paw print of a dog is twice that of an SUV driven 6,000 miles a year, while food for a dog per year equates to doubling your electricity output over the same period.

A study by the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand also drew to the fact ownership of a cat is similar to that of running a small hatchback, with environmental impacts from cat litter and more.



Donnachadh McCarthy appears on Good Morning Britain to speak about his idea that pet owners shouldn't replace their pets once they have died as keeping them is contributing too much to the carbon emissions and global emergency
Donnachadh McCarthy appears on Good Morning Britain to speak about his idea that pet owners shouldn’t replace their pets once they have died as keeping them is contributing too much to the carbon emissions and global emergency

However, fans of the show, including hosts Susanna and Adil, both pet lovers and owners, were blown away by Donnachadh suggestion that pets shouldn’t be replaced once they die.

He clashed with Susanna, saying he thought it was “shocking” that she wants to prioritise her children and pets, despite her being willing to give up air travel, cars and other carbon-inducing means to do so.

Susanna said: “Firstly, I want to look after my children and my pet.”

Donnachadh replied: “Well that’s quite shocking, that’s quite shocking.”

Susanna looked on, wide-eyed at Donnachadh’s response before he added: “Do you understand the level of crisis? The level of carbon emissions that are currently in the planet?”

Susanna fired back: “What? Do you think I shouldn’t be looking after my children and my pets?”

Donnachadh said: “I’m saying, to look after and love your children you have to look after your carbon emissions.”

Susanna then said she looked at her cat as almost a child, something Donnachadh seemed baffled by: “Well, I’m sorry, you keep equating a pet dog or a pet animal with a human being and that’s quite anthropocentric.

“We have to accept that our selfishness to keep animals and pets couped up, locked up, involves a mass amount of cruelty.”

Adil later suggested Donnachadh should campaign for better, near zero-carbon pet ownership rather than trying to separate people from their pets.

Fans on Twitter erupted following the segment.

One Tweeted: “Agree with saving the planet but giving up pets is not the way to do it!”

Another added: “I think this discussion just cements the fact there are way too many humans on this planet.”

Others said: “Is this guy for real?” with another sharing a photo of their dog, saying: “…Love the bones of my boy he means the whole world to me! He’s got me through some very dark days!”.

Someone else Tweeted: “Give up pets to save the planet? Absolutely ridiculous suggestion! There are plenty of other ways to save the planet. This guy is off his rocker!”

Good Morning Britain returns every weekday from 6am on ITV.



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