Monday, September 16, 2013

Pet Obsession

Pet Obsession:

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates that there are now approximately 78.2 million dogs and 86.4 million cats in the US.  That means there is a dog or cat for every two people.  This, of course, does not include other pets like horses, hamsters, and exotic animals.

What is this obsession that people have about pets? 

I understand that they provide companionship for many people.  But is this a luxury we can afford in a world with more than seven billion people?  These cats and dogs live better and eat more than a significant number of the world’s population of human beings.  According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research, the global pet food market was worth USD 58.6 billion in 2011.  How many people could be fed with $58.6 billion dollars?

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