People & Pets

In the US, pets can be found in more than 60% of households. While dogs and cats make up the majority (77 million and 54 million respectively), birds, rodents, reptiles and other exotics, such as tarantulas, have their their following. I am struck by the love these non-human family members receive. In the overall world view, it seems unfair that there are people starving across the globe while the US pet supply trade is a billion dollar industry. But we do love our pets. Sometimes we even begin to look like them, or maybe we choose animals that look like us. It is the relationship we have with pets that I find fascinating.