The Should Be Called “companion animals,” SAY WHAT?

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Here is some thing to put a smile on your face, so smile and beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing all around you! Here is America gone Crazy…………..

 Calling Animals ‘Pets’ Termed ‘Derogatory

Just when you think you’ve heard everything: A group of academics insists people should stop referring to their dogs, cats, hamsters, and other domesticated animals as “pets.”

Instead, they should be called “companion animals” — and their owners are “human carers.”

The call comes from the editors of the Journal of Animal Ethics, a new academic publication edited by Prof. Andrew Linzey, a theologian and director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics in Britain.

Its first editorial argues that “derogatory” language about animals can affect the way they are treated.

The eggheads also have a pet peeve over the use of the word “wildlife.” Instead, they favor the term “free-living.”

“Despite its prevalence, ‘pets’ is surely a derogatory term both of the animals concerned and their human carers,” the editorial states.

“Again, the word ‘owners, whilst technically correct in law, harks back to a previous age when animals were regarded as just that: property, machines or things to use without moral constraint.”

Other vocabulary no-nos: “critters” and “beasts.”

Linzey and his co-editor, Prof. Priscilla Cohn of Penn State University, hope to stamp out the use of such phrases as “sly as a fox,” “drunk as a skunk,” and “eat like a pig,” the Telegraph reported.

No mention of “eager beaver,” “silly goose,” “gentle as a lamb” — or for that matter, “chicken.”


One thought on “The Should Be Called “companion animals,” SAY WHAT?

  1. The thing is, when you have cats, you just wind up being their servant.

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