Add pet ownership into family, household stats
I'd really like to see the stats on households include a question on pet ownership, including horses.
- Pet ownership is deeply interrelated with housing, and emergency management. People who are renting, and older people needing care are both affected by pet ownership, and the availability of housing that will allow pet ownership. This also applies during emergencies...people will not leave pets behind, so we need to include them in emergency plans. 2 It may allow us to make links between the types of animal injury incidents, and employment e.g. ACC costs for dog bites, and long work hours (lack of socialisation of dogs),.
- We need more stats on predators/pets vs conservation...are areas of high pet ownership actually a hindrance to conservation, or is that just anecdotal?
- Would like to see horses included in this. NZ has no good data on horse ownership, and they are often not 'farm animals' anymore. Stats Nz agri stats are 50% of Agribase, so there is no good data on equine sector value outside of gaming (racing). We used to keep horse numbers in census info, so would be interesting to return every once in a while.
I'm sure there would be many more applications of this data (without even thinking about household spending) that would be very revealing if we started keeping this info.