I Talk to The Animals

16 May

The academics are at it again with a brilliant (okay, blindingly stupid) study.

According to The Journal of Animal Ethics,

          “Despite its prevalence, “pets” is surely a derogatory term both of the animals concerned and their human carers.”

“Pet” is a derogatory term?


Are Fido, Lucky, and Coco really offended by “Pet?”  Animals that lick their balls at the dinner table, eat everything and anything under the sun, beneath the moon, in the yard (you know what I mean), and chase Ford Explorers with the intent of catching them?

Dogs and cats are probably more offended by albeit loving (but fairly idiotic) baby talk and endearments like “baby boo””poochie boy” “sweetie pie.”   (Pie? Did someone say “pie?” Woof!)

Let’s not insult them. A dog has pride. Cats have hubris.  A little R-E-S-P-E-C-T please!

I suggest they are more offended by being dressed up in holiday costumes and leopard print ski sweaters. (A turtleneck does not flatter a Pekingese… then again, what does?)

Beware of dog!  Soon, Fido will be lawyering up. There will likely be harassment charges over that undue stress you inflicted upon him as a puppy when you desperately encouraged that paper training debacle.

The JAE continues…

          “In addition, we invite authors to use the words “free-living”, “free-ranging” or “free-roaming” rather than “wild animals”… For most, “wildness” is synonymous with uncivilized, unrestrained, barbarous existence. There is an obvious prejudgment here that should be avoided.”

Girls Gone Wild” is fine, but “An orangutan is a wild animal. Do not shack up with him like he’s your boyfriend. Someone just might get hurt!” is insensitive.

photo credit:dipity.com

Dr. Dolittle may not have done a lot, but he sure said a lot – to the monkeys, giraffes, elephants, cougars (four-legged variety). And he didn’t whisper, he sang!

FYI: “The JAE has been launched by a US and UK academic partnership with the goal of widening international debate about the moral status of animals, and is the result of years of collaboration between the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and the University of Illinois Press.”

Link to study:



6 Responses to “I Talk to The Animals”

  1. Dawn@Lighten Up! May 17, 2011 at 7:14 am #

    Oh no! I am offending my “pet”! Crap…I did it again. Great current events piece, HaBarb!

    • BARB BEST May 18, 2011 at 11:26 am #

      Dawn, guess we can just stick to offending our fellow humans!

  2. molly campbell May 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    I don’t know which I liked better, your post or the pictures! I have six “pets,” plus one accordion player. I call them things like “cutie pie,” “honey,” and “sweetheart.” I call him for dinner. xo molly

    • BARB BEST May 18, 2011 at 11:29 am #

      Thanks Molly. Good golly, musicians (accordion players included) are animals.

  3. Barbara May 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Sounds like a lot of hogwash! as my grandmother used to say. Oh, but maybe that is offensive to those precious cloven hoofed “non-free roaming” pigs we like to eat for Easter. Sorry.

    • BARB BEST May 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

      Ha, Barbara. Offend away! Pigs have a perverse love of being insulted.

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