US owners splurge on pets despite recession

Pets immune to weak economy as billions of dollars continue to be spent on pampering man's best friend.

    Despite the US economy still being in recovery mode, expenditure on pets in 2010 was up by 6.2 per cent on the year before.

    Americans spent almost $50bn on their beloved animals, with most of that money going on food and veterinarian care.

    Al Jazeera's Cath Turner reports from New York.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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