Academic Journal Deems the Term "Pets" Derogatory
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 and the last thing we want to do is set animal rights back fifty years through the use of such outdated terms.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