Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Pets are replacing America's children. According to the marketing research firm Mintel, two-thirds of American pet owners treat their pets as "part of the family." One-third say that their pets understand their feelings better than most humans. Half care as much about the health of their pet as about any family member. (Pet owners who have actual children are less likely to speak of their pets in these terms.) Forty-four percent of young pet owners see their pets as "starter children." Seventeen percent of pet owners bought pet costumes last year, and 10 percent bought pet strollers. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Fido in the baby carriage.
We are sentimental about pets because we are unwilling to welcome human life -- or so says Pope Francis. In 2014, he condemned those who choose not to have children because they fear poverty and sickness. Such people think, "It's better . . . more comfortable -- to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog." But their love of animals shows their indifference to man.
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