Humanization of Animals - Animalization of Humans
The "humanisation" of pets is a continuing trend, whereby pets (particularly dogs and cats) are increasingly cared for according to human patterns, and human aesthetic standards are applied to pets. Pets are increasingly regarded as family members, and are often considered as equivalent to children in the level of attention and care they gain from pet owners.
This has led to a heightened awareness of the special health needs associated with pets at different developmental stages, and an increased tendency to pamper pets with toys and treats that are not really needed from a care or nutritional standpoint.Full
So this whole thing has me thinking. The humanization of pets, Jesus! Humanization, is like the Old Jedi Mind Trick. People go bonkers. If I hear another person speak of their pet as if the animal were an actual child, or worse yet, as if they, themselves, are a parent, I’ll scream. The United States produces three thousand calories/person/day for every man woman and child in the country. So what do we do with all that excess food? Do we feed the hungry? NO! we ramp up the pet industry.
Pet devotees across the globe, from the United States, Britain and France to Japan, South Korea and Singapore, are flocking to buy products and services that enhance the well-being of their pets. Businesses, meanwhile, facing slimmer margins on their human-oriented products, are seeking to capitalize on the craze by serving pet keepers and the increasingly sophisticated needs of their beloved companions. The statistics are riveting. In the United States, where the pet industry was worth $32.4 billion in 2003, there are more pets than human beings. The market that combines the sale of live animals, pet care and supplies and veterinary services grew to its current size from about half that level 10 years ago, and it serves about 378 million pets, most of them cats and dogs, compared with 290 million humans. According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, which compiled the statistics, American pet owners are poised to spend $34.3 billion this year.
It’s a little scary. I think the lines are getting a little blurry. I think we’ve spent too much time in cubicles and SUVs and have forgotten how to do the human companionship thing. I think Americans are becoming increasingly neurotic, delusional, and sociopathic. Guess what? Dogs are not people. You just think they are because it’s good for industry.