Our family’s cat (Clarence) has never complained when I have called him a mindless, flea-bitten vermin… but then again, maybe he has already filed a complaint with PETA… or is secretly scheming to discredit me in some way….
This is the part that had me shaking my head the most violently:
Instead of “pet,” the Journal of Animal Ethics suggests “companion animal.” Rather than “wildlife,” they are to be called “free-living.” “Differentiated beings” or “non-human animals” is preferred to simply “animals.”
Words such as “vermin,” “beasts” and “critters” are stricken completely, along with similes such as “sly as a fox,” “drunk as a skunk,” “eat like a pig,” “slippery as an eel,” “breeding like rabbits” and “stubborn as a mule.”
“We will not be able to think clearly unless we discipline ourselves to use more impartial nouns and adjectives in our exploration of animals and our moral relations with them,” the editors write.
O. M. F. G.
Thanks to Ken over at My Corner of the Universe for posting the link on Facebook…