"How we prefer pets to in-laws: 22% consider furry friends as members of the family - compared to 21% who mentioned in-laws"
This is the Daily Mail's headline taken from a national YouGov survey commissioned by Matalan, the British clothing and home ware retailer.
I have various issues with this conclusion:
Further, pets that don't make it into the inner family circle are regularly abandoned. According to the Dogs Trust, for example, local authorities are handling over 100,000 unwanted dogs a year. In-laws aren't so easily disposed of.
So in-laws, please don't worry about your place at the family table.