Obese and Pampered Pets

There are 2 problematic articles that reflect more about us than perhaps the animal kingdom, one on obesity the other on pet spending. Vatican II has a key phrase I often repeat, which proves true time and again: “The truth is that the imbalances under which the modern world labors are linked with that more basic imbalance which is rooted in the heart of man” (GS 10). In the case of pet obesity and excessive care for pets, it seems that we are projecting our own selves onto the created world. That is a scary thought if you look at the pics. Here a piece of the article on pet spending and some pictures on obesity (!can you believe the size of these creatures! – the squirrel is just for the absurdity of it all):

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) says spending on pets in the US passed $50bn (£31.5bn) in 2011.

Food and veterinary costs accounted for about 65% of the figure, but the category of “pet services” grew faster than any other, totalling $3.79bn (£2.39bn) in 2011.

Pet services includes grooming, boarding, pet hotels, and pet-sitting.

Spending on pet services should continue to grow and reach $4.11bn (£2.59bn) by the end of 2012, said APPA President Bob Vetere.

“We are seeing a boom in this category as people continue to work and require services such as pet-sitting, boarding and walking to care for their pets at home,” Mr Vetere said.

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