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Posted: 4/29/2011 12:05:43 PM EDT
http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/04/29/animal-academics-using-the-word-pet-insults-your-pet-er-companion/









Animal Academics: Using the Word 'Pet' Insults Your Pet, er, Companion


Here's a frightening thought: The cat ladies are right. Kitties (and their doggie counterparts) are companions, not pets, and calling them otherwise is just plain offensive.



According to a report published in the Journal of Animal Ethics, using "derogatory" terms such as "critters," "beasts," and — you guessed it — "pets" when referring to animals of any kind can affect the way they are treated.



(More on TIME.com: See pictures of surfing dogs)



In other words, a note for animal caretakers (don't even mutter the word "owners" — that's even worse than "pets") everywhere: You're doing it wrong.



We know what you're thinking: What kind of far-out piece of academic research are you alluding to here? But in all seriousness, researchers from the Oxford Center for Animal Ethics, along with the University of Illinois and Penn State University, suggest that using these words to describe animals degrades the relationship that exists between humans and these... friends. (Is that term allowed? We just don't know anymore!). Instead of referring to animals as "wild" and "vermin," which dates back to times when animals were treated unkindly, we should be cultivating a language that shows mutually respectful relationships between humans and the animals that live among us.






"Our existing language about animals is the language of past thought – and the crucial point is that the past is littered with derogatory terminology," the report states. "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."



So there you have it. Your cat or dog is now your companion, the rats you see on the subway are "free-living" and those pesky pigeons? You know, they're just free-roaming, ready to fly at your face at any moment.



But for what it's worth, we're pretty sure that you dog doesn't mind being called a "pet" just as long as you keep up with the tasty food, belly scratches and long walks around the neighborhood.



Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:08:31 PM EDT
Do I need to smack a female companion animal?

 
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:08:33 PM EDT
The fuck?
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:17:30 PM EDT
Really? These people have nothing else better to worry about?
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:17:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:20:18 PM EDT
<––––––-shit faced mother fucker.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:21:59 PM EDT
Animals are considered property. And I am 100% sure that my dog does not know or give a shit when I lovingly refer to her by pet names like "critter" or "beast" or "little shithead" or anything else, as long as I scratch her ears and feed her.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:23:04 PM EDT
Does this mean I'm going to start shopping at CompanionSmart now?
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:23:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:24:28 PM EDT
If I feed it, care for it, I wash it, etc. pretty sure I OWN that mutt of mine. Do I think he gets offended  when I call him a pet? well I just did and he licked his own ass then licked my other dogs ass, so if that means "I'm offended" in dog terms then I guess I did. O well
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:24:43 PM EDT

Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:28:17 PM EDT
I agree.  Positron Emission Tomography doesn't measure positron emission but rather positron reaction with electrons and the resultant emission of gamma twins which are the quantified and localized emission.



I propose the new term to be Positron Reaction Gamma Emission to describe the medical imaging modality.  PET is out.  PRGE is the new accepted acronym.




Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:29:01 PM EDT
PC has come to PET?


Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:30:59 PM EDT
That's cool, as long as I can call these two socialist, marxist MONGRELS.




Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:31:04 PM EDT
My dog eats his own shit....
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:32:37 PM EDT




As a veterinarian for the past 24 years, the article is full of shit.



I use the term "pet", my clients use the word "pet". I sometimes even pet the "pets".
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:32:55 PM EDT
Quoted:
My dog eats his own shit....


Good point.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:37:48 PM EDT
Quoted:
I agree.  Positron Emission Tomography doesn't measure positron emission but rather positron reaction with electrons and the resultant emission of gamma twins which are the quantified and localized emission.

I propose the new term to be Positron Reaction Gamma Emission to describe the medical imaging modality.  PET is out.  PRGE is the new accepted acronym.



This! Wait, wut?
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:39:08 PM EDT
The entity in question is a companion if the two of us can talk about hockey, 80s hardcore bands and the relative merits of double maduros, Irish whiskeys and Penelope Cruz vs Salma Hayek. If the entity would prefer to lick its own ass and chase a green dot from a laser pointer around the room, it's a pet.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:39:20 PM EDT
fucking libtards
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:42:13 PM EDT
Well some cultures call pets "dinner". How PC is that?
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:42:57 PM EDT
Quoted:
My dog eats his own shit....


Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:45:43 PM EDT
So they are all crazy? Check.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:48:01 PM EDT
Quoted:
The fuck?


I have the right to free speech, and they have the right not to fucking listen if they don't like what the fuck I'm saying...  
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:48:40 PM EDT
My cat doesn't care what you call her as long as you feed her and clean her litter box.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:49:58 PM EDT
Quoted:
The entity in question is a companion if the two of us can talk about hockey, 80s hardcore bands and the relative merits of double maduros, Irish whiskeys and Penelope Cruz vs Salma Hayek. If the entity would prefer to lick its own ass and chase a green dot from a laser pointer around the room, it's a pet.


As funny as this is, it's the core of the whole issue.. sentience vs. sapience.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:50:05 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:51:13 PM EDT
Did someone say "companion"?

Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:54:47 PM EDT
Quoted:




We're not gonna get banned for it in 5 years, are we?






Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:55:24 PM EDT




She can be my pet anytime!!!!!!!!!!!!


Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:55:35 PM EDT
Wait a minute.

Are we at war with Eastasia or Eurasia?

Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:59:59 PM EDT
"The Journal of Animal Ethics"?

A reputable monthly, I'm certain.

I picture a librarian-type woman, hair in a tight bun, typing with Miss FurryBoots laying on her lap.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:01:27 PM EDT



Quoted:


Do I need to smack a female companion animal?  


that shit right there is funny.

 
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:03:14 PM EDT
Quoted:
The entity in question is a companion if the two of us can talk about hockey, 80s hardcore bands and the relative merits of double maduros, Irish whiskeys and Penelope Cruz vs Salma Hayek. If the entity would prefer to lick its own ass and chase a green dot from a laser pointer around the room, it's a pet.


Salma Hayek: companion
Penelope Cruz: pet
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:04:24 PM EDT

 
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:04:47 PM EDT



Quoted:


Do I need to smack a female companion animal?  


What you did there, I see it.

 
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:08:20 PM EDT



Quoted:


I agree.  Positron Emission Tomography doesn't measure positron emission but rather positron reaction with electrons and the resultant emission of gamma twins which are the quantified and localized emission.



I propose the new term to be Positron Reaction Gamma Emission to describe the medical imaging modality.  PET is out.  PRGE is the new accepted acronym.









 
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:09:11 PM EDT
What did they say about "Petting"?
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:10:30 PM EDT
"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."


How's this for an absolute adjective?  "Animate Property"   or how about "Chattel?"
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:11:49 PM EDT
What bunch of fucking twatwaffles produced that shit?
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:12:51 PM EDT
I call mine "stinkbutt". I call everyone and everything I love stinkbutt.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:13:10 PM EDT
Quoted:
Do I need to smack a female companion animal?  



Good one.  


Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:13:17 PM EDT
oh good grief.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:14:14 PM EDT
Well, when you hate yourself and your own kind so much that you consider the whole human race to be nothing more than an infestation of the planet, all that unused "love" has gotta be redirected at something else I guess. I remember a time when crap like that would have been considered a sign of mental illness.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:21:27 PM EDT
PC is communist for Newspeak.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:25:33 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:27:14 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:29:50 PM EDT
Just plain asinine.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:38:39 PM EDT
You have to wonder about someone who actually has enough time in their life to come up with trivial horse crap like this.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:43:47 PM EDT

Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:46:10 PM EDT
Petting Zoos.



Are they going to get shut down
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