• The medical argument for animal testing doesn’t stand up. Even if it did, I don’t think we should kill other species. We think we’re so much better; I’m not sure we are. I tell people, “We’ve beaten into submission every animal on the face of the Earth, so we are the clear winners of whatever battle is going on between the species. Couldn’t we be generous? I really do think it’s time to get nice. No need to keep beating up on them. I think we’ve got to show that we’re kind.
    -Paul McCartney

Is it Only the 'Third World' that is Growing? Print E-mail

Fertility rates in the United States peaked in 1957 at 3.7 children/woman; at or below replacement level (2.1) since about 1972 (& currently about 2.07) because: 
- widespread use of birth control 
- availability of legal abortion 
- social attitudes favoring small families 
- increasing cost of raising a child to age 18 ($177,000 for low-income family, $231,000 for middle-income & $335,000 for upper-income) 
- increase in average age of marriage between 1958 & 1992 (from 20 to 24.4 for women, and from 23 to 26.5 for men) 
- More women working outside home (child-bearing rate of "working" women 1/3 that of women not in paid labor force) 
- delayed reproduction

The U.S. population is still growing faster than most MDCs:  
• In 1995, the U.S. population grew by 1.18% (3.1 million people) more than double mean rate of world's industrialized nations. More recently, the nation's population grew by 2.8 million people, or 1.0% between July 1, 2002 and July 1, 2003 
• The U.S. population is projected to increase from 263 million to 345 million between 1995 & 2030, with no leveling off anticipated 
• This projected growth of the U.S. population is due to: 
- large number of baby boomer women still in child-bearing years (i.e., lots of potential mothers) 
- increase in number of unmarried mothers (including teen-agers) 
- higher fertility rates for women in some racial & ethnic groups than for Caucasian women 
- high levels of legal/illegal immigration (about 40% of current growth) 
- U.S. population growth is very important because of the impact that each of us has on the environment, whichever country we live in.

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