OT: Sometimes things strike me as funny. Issue 509 Political Correctness.

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Calling animals 'pets' is insulting, academics claim.
Animal lovers should stop calling their furry or feathered friends “pets” because the term is insulting, leading academics claim. 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. It is edited by the Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, a theologian and director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, who once received an honorary degree from the Archbishop of Canterbury for his work promoting the rights of “God’s sentient creatures”. 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”. It argues that “derogatory” language about animals can affect the way that they are treated. “Despite its prevalence, ‘pets’ is surely a derogatory term both of the animals concerned and their human carers,” the editorial claims. “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.” It goes on: “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.” Prof Linzey and his co-editor Professor Priscilla Cohn, of Penn State University in the US, also hope to see some of the more colourful terms in the English language 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.
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On 4/28/2011 5:52 PM, Robatoy wrote:

For as long as there have been humans and before, all animals are and have been a basic source of protein, including dogs and cats if the need comes up.
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Robatoy wrote the following:

Dogs have owners, cats have staff.

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"willshak" wrote:

------------------------ Actually, cats are for target practice.
At least they were where I spent my childhood.
Any cat more than 1/4 mile away from the barn was shot on site, no questions asked.
Lew
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Waste of good pushsticks.
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On 4/28/2011 4:11 PM, willshak wrote:

Save the whales; collect the entire set.
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On Thu, 28 Apr 2011 14:52:12 -0700, Robatoy wrote:

Calling humans 'intelligent' would be insulting if there were any species to be insulted :-).
But you're right - that was funny - and pathetic.
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This is not a joke.....
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Calling animals 'pets' is insulting, academics claim.
Animal lovers should stop calling their furry or feathered friends “pets” because the term is insulting, leading academics claim. 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. It is edited by the Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, a theologian and director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, who once received an honorary degree from the Archbishop of Canterbury for his work promoting the rights of “God’s sentient creatures”. 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”. It argues that “derogatory” language about animals can affect the way that they are treated. “Despite its prevalence, ‘pets’ is surely a derogatory term both of the animals concerned and their human carers,” the editorial claims. “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.” It goes on: “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.” Prof Linzey and his co-editor Professor Priscilla Cohn, of Penn State University in the US, also hope to see some of the more colourful terms in the English language 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.
Linzey and Cohn have too much free time to think . They need a day job. ww
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On 4/28/2011 6:12 PM, WW wrote:

My cute little bitch doesn't seem to mind .. neither does her dog.
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*snarf, snortle*
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On 4/28/2011 6:12 PM, WW wrote:

My cute little bitch doesn't seem to mind .. neither does her dog.
:-O
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"Robatoy" wrote:
This is not a joke.....
=========Ranks right up there with, "Figures don't lie, but liars can figure."
Lew
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On Thu, 28 Apr 2011 14:52:12 -0700 (PDT), Robatoy

I love animals. They're delicious.
-Zz
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Not all. Have you ever had baby seal meat? When I ate flipper pie in Newfoundland it tasted halfway between rotten chicken and rotten fish. No thanks.
If not cooked properly, other critters can also can taste bad. I'm not sure I'd want to eat skunk.
Luigi
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Luigi Zanasi wrote:

I'm not sure I'd want to "hunt" them either, but at least they are not defenseless like a rabbit. Your dog might even object! ;)
Bill
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On 4/28/2011 3:52 PM, Robatoy wrote:

Animals have rights. The have the right to be tasty.
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