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How much for that doggie in the window 櫥窗裡的狗狗值多少?

Britain, a country known for its love of animals, spends a small fortune on its pets.

Britons spend more than five billion pounds (NT$320 billion) per year on their beloved animals, according to the Pet Census survey by The Blue Cross pet charity.

Men spend more than women, and women are twice as likely to be the pet's main carer, according to the survey of almost 6,000 people.

The survey also found that 48 percent own a pet, but only 22 percent of Londoners have an animal friend.

People of South Asian origin are least likely to have a pet, at 15 percent.

Dogs were found to be the most popular pet, with 24 percent of pet owners saying they had one.

A third of single women let their pets sleep in their bedrooms, but only 18 percent of men did the same.

However, a fifth of pet owners had no idea what sex their pet was.(AP)

英國素以愛好動物聞名,花在寵物身上的金錢頗為可觀。

根據寵物慈善機構藍十字會所主持的寵物普查顯示,英國人每年為心愛的寵物所投入的花費超過五十億英鎊(新台幣三千兩百億元)。

這份調查近六千位民眾的問卷顯示,男人的消費力較女人強,但女人比男人高出兩倍的機率成為主要照顧動物的人。

這份問卷發現48%的民眾擁有寵物,卻只有22%的倫敦市民有寵物為伴。

南亞裔民眾擁有寵物的機率最低,只有15%。

狗是最受歡迎的寵物,飼養寵物的民眾當中,有24%是養狗。

單身女性中,有三分之一的人會讓寵物睡在她們的閨房,男性卻只有18%會這麼做。

不過,有五分之一的寵物主人不清楚自己寵物的性別。



(美聯社╱翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. fortune n.

財富 (cai2 fu4)

例: If you have super-old pictures, they could be worth a fortune!.

(你若有年代久遠的照片,它們可能價格不斐。)

2. survey n.

問卷調查 (wen4 juan4 diao4 cha2)

例: Our class took a survey about their favorite food.

(有問卷調查我們班最喜歡的食物。)

3. origin n.

起源 (qi3 yuan2)

例: People of many origins now live in Taiwan.

(台灣現在居住著來自不同背景的人。)


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