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Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
2/19/2013 4:43:18 AM
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Re: I know I'm oblivious...
Some British towns are now considering DNA testing dog poop to ID the owner. It's got that fraught. When they chip the dog (which is compulsory in England), they can simply take a saliva sample and use that if there's a poop dispute.

There's also a Tennessee-based Poo Prints company trying to shop the idea around to local governments. I think the hesitation is cost, and the need for owners to chip their dogs (which is not compulsory in the US).

It would be a very clean solution, though. No argument. And with a hefty fine attached it might just turn things around. 

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/15/2013 9:36:49 AM
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Re: Manure
Composting requires some knowledge. Where I live in Canada, many people create compost heaps. I do not because it attracts wild animals. Also, I don't have the gardening chops to use the compost in the most useful fashion.

Truly going green requires a bit of education and patience.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/15/2013 9:34:45 AM
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Re: I know I'm oblivious...
I had a friend who actually called people out on poor dog management. She would say, "Excuse me, but if you don't pick that up, we won't be able to use this [park beach, etc.] any longer." She'd also call out strangers on how they handled their dogs. I don't have that kind of nerve. I also don't have the stomach she did: She would pick up after dogs whose owners were negligent if she was out with her pooches and had an extra bag!

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/14/2013 6:18:08 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Manure
Hazel, the problem of "how" and "where" is definitely worth surfacing here. I think it's a problem with composting in general. Earlier today I was trying to figure out how I could easily use a banana peel for composting, and my colleague and I did some research and found that there was no simple way to just go outdoors and do so. (If anyone can tell me otherwise, I'd love to hear it.) It made me rather frustrated.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/14/2013 6:10:59 PM
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Re: I know I'm oblivious...
Good idea, Mary. I think that's a better choice than my current mode of action which is to scowl and glare in their directions and mutter under my breath about their lack of consideration for the human race.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/13/2013 12:56:27 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Pets and Longevity
Well, I am not sure that chipping would help alleviate dog attacks, @Toby. The horrible people who mistreat dogs, use them for fighting and attacking, etc., usually don't register their animals anyway.

 

Toby
Toby  
2/13/2013 11:58:25 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Pets and Longevity
@Mary: The darker side of chipping is to trace the owner of a dog that has attacked someone, an event that has hit the headlines several times in recent years. Poorly trained and powerful breeds of dog are often as assault weapons by the ignorant.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/13/2013 10:46:31 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Pets and Longevity
Agreed, @Hazel. It's all about love!

Hazel
Hazel  
2/13/2013 10:19:17 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Pets and Longevity
I don't know about the other animals you listed, but for dog owners, I have a theory and it's only comprised of two words: unconditional love. I'm a huge dog person and love my dog immensely. 

Hazel
Hazel  
2/13/2013 10:18:17 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Manure
Yes, manure can be used as fertilizer. The problem is how to gather all that poop and get it to a place that can use the manure as such. And like you said, it also depends on what the pets have been fed. A dirty problem that I hope will have a clean solution in the future.

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