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Old 02-26-2013, 12:54 PM  
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We Spent $52 Billion On Our Pets Last Year

If we outlawed pets and taxed that money away from citizens instead, we could fund about 2/3 of the SNAP program.

We Spent $52 Billion on Our Pets Last Year
February 25, 2013 2:20 pm
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Last year, Americans spent an estimated $52 billion on our pets—more than on both coffee and bottled water combined, according to a report issued by the American Pet Products Association.

Data stretching back to 1994 shows a clear trend: Americans are spending more on their pets than ever before. Even during the recession, spending leveled rather than dropped, a sign of just how much millions of Americans love their furry friends. If the past is any predictor of the future, that spending will only continue to rise in years to come.

It’s clear that most of our money goes into food and health care. But The Atlantic points out that grooming and treats should not be taken lightly. The $6.2 billion we spent on those two categories represents more money than Facebook made in advertising revenue last year.

The Atlantic breaks down the billions into its component parts and tracks how our wallets’ love for pets has grown over the years:

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Old 02-28-2013, 11:26 AM   #31
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I find this hard to believe. Are they including livestock? Racehorses?
I was just digging around some more, trying to find the report itself to get an idea of how much the "unconventional" pets might have skewed the numbers. It's a good question as animals like horses, or even small groups of the larger animals, would have to be more expensive to keep. Unfortunately at this point we can only go by that list of animal types in my previous post because the report costs (holy shit, you've gotta be kidding me) three thousand ****ing dollars. But, hey, it's only a thousand bucks if you're a member or a student.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:30 AM   #32
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But what is the amount of money spent per category? I'm thinking the 2.4 Equine spends more money than the 86 Cat. Also exotic fish owners who are also outnumbered almost 100 to 1 to dog and cat owners, probably spend a significant portion of that 52 billion.
I don't know. I can't find that info and I'm not paying the $ to find out.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:30 AM   #33
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I was just digging around some more, trying to find the report itself to get an idea of how much the "unconventional" pets might have skewed the numbers. It's a good question as animals like horses, or even small groups of the larger animals, would have to be more expensive to keep. Unfortunately at this point we can only go by that list of animal types in my previous post because the report costs (holy shit, you've gotta be kidding me) three thousand ****ing dollars. But, hey, it's only a thousand bucks if you're a member or a student.
I hear ya.

I'm not saying people don't go overboard with family pets, but $52 billion a year has to be an exageration. Unless of course we're talking about horses (particularly race horses), and salt water fish et al.

I'm thinking that the people who did this study have an agenda.
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I hear ya.

I'm not saying people don't go overboard with family pets, but $52 billion a year has to be an exageration.

I'm thinking that the people who did this study have an agenda.
No doubt. It looks to me like the study is for businesses who are interested in selling pet products. They do offer a price break for students so it looks like the publishers want to get their report cited and used for the free publicity as well.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:36 AM   #35
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No doubt. It looks to me like the study is for businesses who are interested in selling pet products. They do offer a price break for students so it looks like the publishers want to get their report cited and used for the free publicity as well.
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Now that I think about it...that's a pretty slick deal. Gather a ton of info via poll over a very long period of time from a "niche" consumer. Make sure that your consumer exists in a lucrative market. Then publish those results in a report that is priced in such a way that only profitable businesses (or students for the publicity) are going to have real access to it. You end up setting yourself up as an expert on the topic, driving the value of your info higher. And you control the flow of the info as other sources are only going to be able to link snippets of it or face criminal charges for copyright violation.
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This. We spend $200/month on one of our dogs because he needs monthly steroid injections for Addison's Disease. He's a loyal companion, far more so than about any person I've ever met.

Although this thread was started in jest, it's also the dumbest ****ing conflation I may have ever seen.
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This. We spend $200/month on one of our dogs because he needs monthly steroid injections for Addison's Disease. He's a loyal companion, far more so than about any person I've ever met.

Although this thread was started in jest, it's also the dumbest ****ing conflation I may have ever seen.
What, that the money we spend yearly on pets would cover 2/3 of the SNAP budget?
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I hate to admit it but I am a cheap bastard. I know a lot of people that have taken there pet to the vet and dropped a grand or so. I don't think I could toss that kind of coin around for a pet.

Needless to say we don't have any pets. Costs of care is just one of the reasons. Another is we don't want to have to deal with boarding or getting sitters when we leave town.
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This. We spend $200/month on one of our dogs because he needs monthly steroid injections for Addison's Disease. He's a loyal companion, far more so than about any person I've ever met.

Although this thread was started in jest, it's also the dumbest ****ing conflation I may have ever seen.
Other than shelters, about the only charity I give to is whatever firemen are collecting for, mainly because I respect the hell out of firemen. They could be out raising money for pasties for the old strippers' home, and I'd still donate. I'm a sucker for the boot.

And I'll give to veterans' organizations.

That's about it.
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Other than shelters, about the only charity I give to is whatever firemen are collecting for, mainly because I respect the hell out of firemen. They could be out raising money for pasties for the old strippers' home, and I'd still donate. I'm a sucker for the boot.

And I'll give to veterans' organizations.

That's about it.
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Other than shelters, about the only charity I give to is whatever firemen are collecting for, mainly because I respect the hell out of firemen. They could be out raising money for pasties for the old strippers' home, and I'd still donate. I'm a sucker for the boot.

And I'll give to veterans' organizations.

That's about it.
I worked with a firefighter when I was in college. They laid on their ass all day, cooked and played video games. They had an X-Box installed in a patient transport ambulance.

I ****ing hated that guy, so my perception of firefighters is negatively colored.
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