Thursday, April 28, 2011

Unfair to our animal companions

I should, perhaps, preface this post with the assurance that I am absolutely against cruelty to animals. From The Telegraph, "Calling animals 'pets' is insulting":
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. ....

In its first editorial, the journal – jointly published by Prof Linzey’s centre and the University of Illinois in the US – condemns the use of terms such as ”critters” and “beasts.” ....

.... “We invite authors to use the words ‘free-living’, ‘free-ranging’ or ‘free-roaming’ rather than ‘wild animals’

“For most, ‘wildness’ is synonymous with uncivilised, unrestrained, barbarous existence.

“There is an obvious prejudgment here that should be avoided.”

.... Phrases such as “sly as a fox, “eat like a pig” or “drunk as a skunk” are all unfair to animals, they claim. [more]
Calling animals 'pets' is insulting, academics claim - Telegraph