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The UK’s Pet Population Drops by 16%

New data released by the Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association (PFMA) has revealed shocking results. Over the last three years the UK’s pet population has reduced by 16 percent. This 10.8 million drop includes a two percent decrease in the number of households to own a pet.

However, it may not be all doom and gloom. The PFMA (www.pfma.org.uk) believes the new statistics can be attributed to a range of reasons. Michael Bellingham, PFMA Chief Executive and Chairman of National Pet Month said: ‘Having withstood the recession when many households had to tighten their belts, many may find it somewhat surprising that we are now seeing a decline. There is no single stand out factor. Family finances are likely to play a role but we also believe that the pet industry’s responsible pet ownership messages are cutting through and as a result owners are thinking twice before adding a pet to their family, wanting to give the best care possible. These figures mirror the situation in other developed countries with a strong focus on responsible ownership such as the US.’

The PFMA released its annual pet population data during National Pet Month, which runs throughout April, until May 4. The fundraising events taking place suggest that, declining population aside, interest in pets is still high. To find out what’s on in your area or suggest an event of your own, go to www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk.

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