Academic Journal Deems the Term "Pets" Derogatory

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The Journal of Animal Ethics, a publication edited and compiled by a group of university professors from America and Great Britain, has stated that "pets" is not an acceptable moniker for domesticated animals. The Telegraph reports that words such as "owners" and "wildlife" are also determined to be offensive by the journal, as are common phrases like, "sly as a fox" and "eat like a pig." We'd say this is bullshit, but we don't want to offend any bulls.

The publication's first editorial, which is jointly published by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and the University of Illinois, makes the following argument:

Despite its prevalence, "pets" is surely a derogatory term both of the animals concerned and their human carers. 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...We invite authors to use the words "free-living:, "free-ranging" or "free-roaming" rather than "wild animals.

We here at Runnin' Scared are animal lovers (have you seen our Adorable Animals in Trouble series?) and the last thing we want to do is set animal rights back fifty years through the use of such outdated terms. We've come up with some other names for "pets" that should help usher in this new era of fairness and equality:

  • Furry shit-factories
  • Frisbee-chomping smell bags
  • Lazy, no-job-having income suckers
  • Carpet-staining loyalty bots
  • Big guy!
  • Improved post-divorce family

Calling animals 'pets' is insulting, academics claim [Telegraph]

[ngreene@villagevoice.com / @nickgreene]

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Srly
Srly

Are you people f_____ing crazy! You have to be kidding me. Find something better to do with your time you wacked out SOB's

Stormsteel
Stormsteel

I always tell my kids we don't "own" the cats who live with us. They are freeloaders and don't pay rent!

Perzianblue
Perzianblue

Another stupid study by those who have nothing better to do than pontificate! There time could be better put to use helping animals and people in need and definately the money spent could be used better. What better name could they suggest-after all our 'pets' are NOT offended as when they are truely feeling loved by us, they DEMAND to be petted and loved by us!!!

Rob13
Rob13

My answer to these professors is get a life. I have pets, I have always had pets and most people I know want the kind of life my pets have. I've always had cats and dogs and have given them the best lives that I could. Just lost my cat at the age of 21 and find people are floored when I tell them how old she was and that she wasn't the first cat I've had to reach that age.

eccles
eccles

This isn't news. 'Pet' has not been the politically correct term for years and years. "Companion animal" is a more accurate term and one we should all be using anyway. It's not a lunatic fringe issue - it's just recognition that humans are not the only animals with feelings.

Smle303john
Smle303john

More stupidity by peoplewho have nothing better to do

joker
joker

I was overseas for a while and I ate lots of cats and dogs. Even though I named them prior to eating them, they tasted the same.

Dwrymer
Dwrymer

This world is surely going to the dogs! Maybe we should elect Mr. Ed as president/ lead animal/ head of the pack. At least he has some horse sense. If these "academics" are getting paid for dreaming up this crap, then maybe they should be promoted to the stables.

Navy Boy
Navy Boy

is this a joke? who cares about if they are getting offended, is Peta really this crazy

Dodd
Dodd

We are "pet parents", which seem to be a current terminology. However, I agree with the other comment: "who paid for this". The world is going broke (oil companies and countries excepted) and someone actually spends money studying what people call their pets? Give me a break!

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