Posted by Lissa on May 4, 2011
Via Best of the Web a few days ago, the PETA numb nuts strike again:
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. . . .
“Despite its prevalence, ‘pets’ is surely a derogatory term both of the animals concerned and their human carers,” the editorial claims
I have said it before and I’ll say it again — PETS ARE NOT PEOPLE. We do not regularly castrate people. We do not buy and sell people for money. We do not put shock collars on people. We do not have People Farms (though of course I don’t approve of puppy mills).
As for “wildlife” versus “free living” … I kind of get the impression that someone smoked WAY too much pot. Or dropped too much acid and had an “experience” with a cricket or robin. Just sayin’.