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Pope phrased it wrongly, but he’s right... the world does need more babies

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Comment: Pope Francis’s remark about the selfishness of choosing pets over children were not received well by pet owners. Credit: Vatican Media/Reuters

Comment: Pope Francis’s remark about the selfishness of choosing pets over children were not received well by pet owners. Credit: Vatican Media/Reuters

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Comment: Pope Francis’s remark about the selfishness of choosing pets over children were not received well by pet owners. Credit: Vatican Media/Reuters

Pope Francis took quite a pasting from pet-lovers recently for saying it was “a form of selfishness” for young people to have dogs and cats instead of babies. Yet many demographers, as well as Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, agree with the pontiff.

The “population explosion”, a source of much anxiety among ecologists, has actually gone into reverse. Half the world is now below population replacement level because of global low fertility. Billionaire business magnate Elon Musk warned last month that “there are not enough people. I can’t emphasise that enough. If people don’t have more children, civilisation is going to crumble”.


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