Stop Insulting Your Companion Animals by Calling Them "Pets"!

And you call yourself an "animal lover". How could you demean your "companion animals" by continuing to call them "pets". I mean really.

Domestic dogs, cats, hamsters or budgerigars should be rebranded as “companion animals” while owners should be known as “human carers”, they insist.

Even terms such as wildlife are dismissed as insulting to the animals concerned – who should instead be known as “free-living”, the academics including an Oxford professor suggest.

The call comes from the editors of then Journal of Animal Ethics, a new academic publication devoted to the issue.

The editors, Professors Andrew Linzey and Priscilla Cohn of Penn State University, added more offensive phrases of the English language that need to be stamped out:

Phrases such as “sly as a fox, “eat like a pig” or “drunk as a skunk” are all unfair to animals, they claim.

“We shall not be able to think clearly unless we discipline ourselves to use less than partial adjectives in our exploration of animals and our moral relations with them," they say.


So that guy isn't dumping his problem dog on a back country road he's introducing his companion animal to the free-living lifestyle?
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I'm usually cool like a cat, but reading this article made me cross as a bear! Why, if I see these researchers I'll flip them the bird!
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This sounds like the kind of nonsense I would expect from PETA. These kinds of organizations need to understand that when they take their causes to ridiculous extremes, they only hurt the cause by making it harder for people to take them seriously.
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I agree--these people are idiots. How do they know that our pets get insulted? How do they know that wild life gets insulted?

Geez--what a waste of university money.
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I live in Boulder, Colorado. Where we are never called "owners" of a dog, cat, etc. We are officially "guardians" on the law books. :P
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You should read the Wikipedia article on cats. It goes out of its way not to mention the word "owner," instead preferring, in some cases, "human guardian."

I'm tempted to go and edit the heck out of that article so it says "owner," but I know it'd get changed back.
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don't know anyone who uses pets as tools. a cow isn't pet unless someone cares about it like a pet. a lab rat isn't a pet, and they act different then a rat that is kept as a pet. I think they will be called pets until dogs start taking people to court for it and winning.
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I actually prefer 'animal companion', the reverse likens itself to pack mule. Then again, I can call my cat really profane names (which I do) and she doesn't care.
Also, I thought it was 'guardian' instead of 'animal carer.'
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This article is right on! Animals do not exist for humans... that is some crazy religious speciesism thinking that brought that idea on. They are fellow beings and deserve respect and kindness.
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I own my pets. They are my property. That's why if they so much as bite a neighbor or start costing me too much money by being ill or something of the like, I WILL HAVE THEM PUT DOWN. BECAUSE THEY'RE FREAKING ANIMALS...
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They are animals, and should be treated as animals have been treated for thousands of years; as a species that's below us, that is only there to serve, and to provide for us humans. Might seem terrible, but that's the nature of animals and humans. Humans; masters; animals; slaves. What these peasants are trying to do is nothing more than confuse the masses further, or rather, to keep tying the noose tighter with their political correctness BS.
Why should we be dictated on what we can and cannot say?
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I'm not exactly sure how a word that is an ENDEARMENT -- as in "my darling, my pet" -- is supposed to be insulting. The first recorded use of "pet", around 1500, is in the sense of "indulged child", which surely fits in with the treatment of many of today's "animal companions."
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