BOOK THREE: 2157 - A VISION OF THE FUTURE

Chapter Fourteen: The 21st Century - Narrative

IX. Animals

The 20th century must probably be seen as the most disastrous period for wild animals since the Great Extinction, although domesticated animals had a good time, with substantial increases in their numbers, their health and their treatment. The 21st century began with the same pattern, but went sharply into reverse during the 2020s and 2030s due to a number of main factors:

By 2040, therefore, there were virtually no domestic animals other than pet RCRs (although some types of racing animal maintained their position until as late as 2050), while populations of wild animals on the other hand were growing back into the new electric forests which by then covered more than 30% of the earth's land surface.