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PETA to AP: Don't Refer to Animals as 'It'
Editor & Publisher ^ | April 26, 2007 4:00 PM ET | E&P Staff

Posted on 04/27/2007 1:33:37 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

PETA to AP: Don't Refer to Animals as 'It'

By E&P Staff

Published: April 26, 2007 4:00 PM ET

NEW YORK The animal activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has written a letter to Norm Goldstein, the editor of the AP stylebook, asking that the book be changed so that pronouns referring to animals always be "he," "she," and "who." AP responded by noting that the stylebook only uses "it" and "which" if the animal's sex has not been established and the animal's name is unknown.

PETA says that in a society that is recognizing animals rights more and more, the pronouns were what animals "deserved," and the letter from Anna West, Director of Written Communications, noted that many magazines had already made the switch. The legal system, as well, recently elevated animals to a status beyond "property," and now holds that abusing animals is a crime worse than vandalism.

"The public now recognizes that whales, who sing across oceans; great apes, who share more than 98 percent of our DNA; sheep, who can recognize as many as 50 faces after not having seen them for two years; and pigs and chickens, who can learn to operate switches in order to control heat and light in factory-farm sheds, are feeling, intelligent individuals -- not objects," the letter states. "Our language should reflect this."

AP spokesman Jack Stokes pointed to the current AP stylebook guidelines, saying that the news organization already does what's being requested. "It's very specific," he said.

Below is the exact wording of the "animals" entry in the AP book:

"Do not apply a personal pronoun to an animal unless its sex has been established or the animal has a name: The dog was scared; it barked. Rover was scared; he barked. The cat, which was scared, ran to its basket. Susie the cat, who was scared, ran to her basket. The bull tosses his horns.

"Capitalize the name of a specific animal, and use Roman numerals to show sequence: Bowser, Whirlaway II.

"For breed names, follow the spelling and capitalization in Webster's New World College Dictionary. For breeds not listed in the dictionary, capitalize words derived from proper nouns; use lowercase elsewhere: basset hound, Boston terrier."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: animalrights; ecoterrorism; language; multicult; pc; peta; speechcode; tonguetied; vegan
If this isn't a prime example of a bunch of ecofascists attempting to stifle freedom of speech, then I don't know what is.
1 posted on 04/27/2007 1:33:38 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

Vegetables are what food eats.


2 posted on 04/27/2007 1:34:33 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (Beebers stuned - $5. Two for $8.)
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3 posted on 04/27/2007 1:34:33 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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4 posted on 04/27/2007 1:35:18 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

What if we can’t tell by looking at it what it is? We’re not going to turn every animal over just to make sure we speak of them in the correct gender sense.


5 posted on 04/27/2007 1:36:03 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy (Pass the popcorn.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Yet to them a fetus is just a glob of inanimate tissue.


6 posted on 04/27/2007 1:36:53 PM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: DogByte6RER

But refer to unborn babies as it, viable tissue mass, attachment. scarasm off


7 posted on 04/27/2007 1:37:16 PM PDT by stockpirate (Al Qaeda is in the United States, they are in the House and Senate!)
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To: DogByte6RER

I refer to PETA members as ‘it.’


8 posted on 04/27/2007 1:38:36 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: DogByte6RER
Animals to PETA: Stop Pushing ‘Hurtful’ Identification by Sex
9 posted on 04/27/2007 1:38:39 PM PDT by dighton
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10 posted on 04/27/2007 1:39:15 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
I never refer to my dog as it, I usually say "Your Highness."SmileyCentral.com
11 posted on 04/27/2007 1:40:55 PM PDT by CremeSaver
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To: DogByte6RER
IT:


12 posted on 04/27/2007 1:42:41 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("Proudly keeping one iron boot on the necks of libertarian faux 'conservatives' since 1958!")
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To: DogByte6RER
But what if "It" is its real name (as in "cousin itt" on the Addams Family)?


13 posted on 04/27/2007 1:42:47 PM PDT by capt. norm (Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.)
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To: DogByte6RER
True. Animals would be THEM!


14 posted on 04/27/2007 1:43:26 PM PDT by null and void (The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Don’t forget Hitlery and Helen.


15 posted on 04/27/2007 1:45:33 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (Run, Fred, run!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Yeah and what if the animal has been neutered, then what do we call it? It?


16 posted on 04/27/2007 1:45:51 PM PDT by Let's Roll (As usual, following a shooting spree, libs want to take guns away from those who DIDN'T do it.)
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To: DogByte6RER
referring to animals always be "he," "she," and "who."

A further description would be: he or she, 90% of who, in PETA's care were deliberately killed.

17 posted on 04/27/2007 1:48:26 PM PDT by RJL
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To: DogByte6RER

At least the animal is acknowledged. Human fetuses don’t even rate an “it” title.


18 posted on 04/27/2007 1:49:01 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: DogByte6RER

But what if the animal has been spayed or neutered? Can they call the animal “it” if they know “it” has been fixed? :)


19 posted on 04/27/2007 1:50:21 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Then vs Now: Tokyo Rose - Baghdad Harry Reid)
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To: DogByte6RER

Bunch of foaming-at-the mouth Welsh rarebits...


20 posted on 04/27/2007 1:51:37 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I’m guessing “bitch”, “dam”, “runt” and “sire” are all off the table, too.


21 posted on 04/27/2007 1:51:50 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: DogByte6RER

I refer to PETA members as “it”.


22 posted on 04/27/2007 1:59:25 PM PDT by SampleMan (Islamic tolerance is practiced by killing you last.)
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To: DogByte6RER

What if your pet has a different “gender identity”?


23 posted on 04/27/2007 2:14:33 PM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: DogByte6RER
How about: I saw a really nice ten point buck feeding at the outer edge of a cornfield, I raised my rifle and shot him in the heart, then I carved all the meat off his dead carcass and took it home and put it in the freezer.

Is that ok with PETA? ;^o

24 posted on 04/27/2007 2:25:14 PM PDT by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

That thing does not deserve the compliment you gave it.


25 posted on 04/27/2007 2:25:31 PM PDT by upchuck (A living, breathing example of the Peter Principle. Oh, forgetful, too :)
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To: DogByte6RER; Millee; carlr; Maximus of Texas; EX52D; ontap; StephenTX; wallcrawlr; Auntbee; ...
Re: PETA says that in a society that is recognizing animals rights more and more, the pronouns were what animals "deserved,"

Okay, okay! After I shoot, skin and grill that cow... I'm going to eat the crap out of her!

26 posted on 04/27/2007 2:33:37 PM PDT by Bender2 (A 'Good Yankee' comes down to Texas, then goes back north. A 'Damn Yankee' stays... Damn it!)
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To: DogByte6RER
If this isn't a prime example of a bunch of ecofascists attempting to stifle freedom of speech, then I don't know what is.

You don't know what is. PETA is asking the AP to change the guidelines for the use of distribution channels it owns. Freedom of speech doesn't enter into it.

27 posted on 04/27/2007 2:43:47 PM PDT by ReignOfError (`)
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To: ReignOfError
Yes, while PETA is “asking” the AP to change the guidelines for the use of distribution channels it owns, if the AP does not comply with PETAs “request” we could expect PETA’s goon squads over at ALF and ELF to engage in some “friendly persuasion” in the form of domestic terrorism, threats, arson and vandalism. The ties between PETA and these two eco-terrorist groups are convincing and quite evident.

Figure it out for yourself...

28 posted on 04/27/2007 2:57:06 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: HungarianGypsy

LOL, I’ve seen some rather amazing displays of stupidity concerning animal gender before, such as missing certain obvious clues such as sex-linked colors, or in the case of tame male hairless rats, EXTREMELY obvious testicles. I won’t fault a journo who’s half trying for being wrong or saying “it”. They’re there not there to lift the tail....now as for those who are....

I’ve had clueless pet shop girls bring me out a squirming female rat before when I’d specifically requested a male (no regrets in the end, she was a smart cookie) due to being “too afraid” to handle the semi-tame rats long enough with gloves to see freakin’ huge nuts on one of the boys running around the cage.

OTOH, I’ve had a grizzled old plumber get one good look at our longhaired calico and ask if she was a “sow cat”. Good call for a confirmed dog lover for life, since what he remembered hearing as a boy about calicos always being girls is indeed true.


29 posted on 04/27/2007 4:19:28 PM PDT by Fire_on_High (I am so proud of what we were...)
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To: DogByte6RER
Why is PETA purporting to speak for the animals? How patronizing of PETA to assume that animals cannot speak for themselves. Did the animals elect PETA to represent them? Where is the proof that animals are even offended by being called "it."

A lot of unanswered questions here.

30 posted on 04/27/2007 4:25:35 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 86 days away from outliving Curt Hennig (whoever he is))
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To: Keith in Iowa
But what if the animal has been spayed or neutered?

Then it's a "transgender" animal.

31 posted on 04/27/2007 4:28:40 PM PDT by Alouette (Learned Mother of Zion)
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To: DogByte6RER

Next the tree huggers will come along, demanding that vegetation be known as “who/whom” (although trees don’t usually have a gender).


32 posted on 04/27/2007 4:31:11 PM PDT by drlevy88
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To: DogByte6RER

When they bring IT on a plate, I prefer IT Rare.


33 posted on 04/27/2007 4:31:51 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: DogByte6RER
sheep, who can recognize as many as 50 faces after not having seen them for two years; and pigs and chickens, who can learn to operate switches in order to control heat and light in factory-farm sheds, are feeling, intelligent individuals

A new concept in smart eating.

34 posted on 04/27/2007 4:35:50 PM PDT by ThomasThomas
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To: DogByte6RER

I write for kids and never use “it” in reference to any animal unless it’s to show that the person speaking has that attitude toward an animal. When you have a dialogue where one kid says “he” or “she” in reference to an animal and the other character says “it” —very glaring. My MFA thesis was titled “The Use of Language in Determining Distance Between Animal Subject and Reader.”


35 posted on 07/01/2013 5:12:50 AM PDT by 5iguanas (lizard groupie)
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