Apr 24, 2013
By Debbie Phillips-Donaldson
Among 2,000 pet owners surveyed online in March, 72% agree that their pets have a positive impact on their physical health, and 79% agree their pets have a positive impact on their mental health, according to Packaged Facts.
Out of many interesting and impressive numbers emanating from Petfood Forum last week, those data, delivered by David Sprinkle, publisher and research director for Packaged Facts, stood out -- not least because they served as a precursor to the closing keynote by Bob Vetere, president of the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) and American Pet Products Association, who spoke about key areas of research HABRI is focusing on to scientifically validate the benefits of pet ownership for humans.
Sprinkle, Vetere and other speakers presented many noteworthy numbers, including:
Finally, Petfood Forum itself included more than 1,330 participants (from over 30 countries) and 257 booths, both records.
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