Pets in Numbers

By Yap Jo-yee, Ng Kar Yong

February 2022 STATISTICS
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Source: Rakuten Insights.
The ancient practice of having animals as part of a human community, even if not as pets in the modern sense, is at least 15,000 years old. It started with the breeding and domesticating of wild wolves as dogs for hunting purposes. Dogs were first deified by the ancient Mesopotamians, followed by the Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Aztecs, Norse and Hindus.[1]Adoption of felines as cats soon followed after human societies became less nomadic. A mutually beneficial relationship developed whereby the felines...

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Yap Jo-yee

is a research analyst at Penang Institute whose interests range from development issues to behavioural economics. Her latest goal is to use ggplot2 without Google’s help.

Ng Kar Yong

is a statistician at Penang Institute who loves art and nature.