walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
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things that make me go, hmmm

"Sixty percent of all rural households in poor countries keep livestock, according to the FAO's RIGA database of households in 12 third world countries, plus Bulgarian and Albania."

That's a pretty interesting statement for a host of reasons, but when I saw that, it struck me that that's awful close to another households with animals ratio. But I didn't know the number off the top of my head (just a feeling, that it was really close to that sixty percent). Wikipedia to the rescue:

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet

"Around 63 percent of all U.S. households (71.1 million) have pets, and more than half of these households have more than one animal." A very superficial attempt to track the source on that failed, and honestly? Same number to the single significant digit, which made me a little nervous. I did a little looking around, and sure enough, there's a trade association conducting a regular survey:

http://www.americanpetproducts.org/press_industrytrends.asp

According to which:

"According to the 2009/2010 National Pet Owners Survey, 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 71.4 millions homes"

I can't speak to the details on the survey, because the trade association is only willing to share with non-member if they're willing to cough up $1600+ for the privilege. No thank you.

I'm not prepared to speculate what it all means, but that is an interesting coincidence.
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