There is a strong element here of increased awareness via the rapid proliferation of information (and sometimes misinformation) through Internet channels but isolating that as a cause is difficult without some hefty analytics, which I really doubt anyone would bother with in the context of the furry fandom - maybe as a more generalized study on Internet culture in general (someone might have already broached the subject in that sense). What I've seen over the past decade or so looks to me like a pack of rabid dogs falling on each other and eviscerating everyone in their general vicinity using rationalizations that sound suspiciously post-hoc.Yeah, this. The crazy stuff didn't just magically appear, but once the internet became easily available and open to everyone, EVERYONE gets a platform. Now the denizens of the internet get to witness people like Kero the Wolf, who thinks animals are just asking for it. The only nice thing about it is that it provides a chance for all walks of life, and that platform also gets to double as a stand for a firing squad.