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'Pet' an insult to animals, academics say
Herald Sun ^ | 4-29 | Fiona MacRae

Posted on 04/28/2011 11:07:30 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB

'Pet' an insult to animals, academics say Fiona MacRae From: Herald Sun April 29, 2011 12:00AM Increase Text SizeDecrease Text SizePrintEmail Share Add to DiggAdd to del.icio.usAdd to FacebookAdd to KwoffAdd to MyspaceAdd to NewsvineWhat are these? Academics say that rather than being a term of endearment, "pets" is an insult to the animals concerned and their owners, who should be known as "human carers". Source: Herald Sun IN a statement that gives a whole new meaning to animal rights, leading academics have called for pets to be renamed "companion animals". They say that rather than being a term of endearment, "pets" is an insult to the animals concerned and their owners, who should be known as "human carers".

Editors of a new journal devoted to animal ethics, including an Oxford University theologian, also want the terms "pests" and "vermin" to be dropped. Wild animals, meanwhile, would be referred to as "free-living" or "free-ranging".

Even innocuous phrases such as "sly as a fox" and "drunk as a skunk" are seen as an affront to animals.

(Excerpt) Read more at heraldsun.com.au ...


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KEYWORDS: academics; animals; insult; kittyping; pcstupidity; pet
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bad Reid, down boy...

1 posted on 04/28/2011 11:07:39 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB
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To: WOBBLY BOB

This is what you get when you have people who don’t work for a living.


2 posted on 04/28/2011 11:08:26 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: WOBBLY BOB

What should we call our “congresscritters”?


3 posted on 04/28/2011 11:08:59 AM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: hsalaw

Some people are wrapped a little too tightly.


4 posted on 04/28/2011 11:09:28 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
It's not about raising livestock to the status of humans.

It's about lowering the status of humans to that of livestock.

And it's much easier to deal with livestock than humans.

5 posted on 04/28/2011 11:10:17 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When and why did Steve Dunham change his name to Barack Hussein Obama? When he converted to Islam?)
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To: nevergore

“...What should we call our “congresscritters”?...”

EX-congresscritters!


6 posted on 04/28/2011 11:10:23 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Calling Fiona an academic is an insult to academics. And that’s really difficult to do...


7 posted on 04/28/2011 11:10:37 AM PDT by brytlea (A tick stole my tagline....)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Fiona MacRae is an insult to pets.


8 posted on 04/28/2011 11:12:16 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
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To: WOBBLY BOB

If ‘pet’ is an insult to animals, then how come they like to be ‘petted’.


9 posted on 04/28/2011 11:12:33 AM PDT by death2tyrants
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Can “academics” get any stupider?


10 posted on 04/28/2011 11:12:48 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I call a rat a rat


11 posted on 04/28/2011 11:12:48 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: WOBBLY BOB
I'm not a pet owner...I'm a pet parent!! I asked my dog which title he prefers,so far no comment from Sparky.
12 posted on 04/28/2011 11:13:01 AM PDT by 4yearlurker
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To: hsalaw

This dog must have had poor self esteem. "Drunk as a Kennedy" has a nice ring to it.

13 posted on 04/28/2011 11:13:04 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Is it possible to have dogs bred to smell democrats and administer a bite to some particularly painful area?


14 posted on 04/28/2011 11:13:04 AM PDT by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Interesting to see where the Left ‘parts ways’ with Muslims per se; and jihadists; Al-Qaeda, in general.


15 posted on 04/28/2011 11:14:30 AM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not made in the USA either.. .)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Wonder if those people drink out of the toilet?


16 posted on 04/28/2011 11:15:15 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: WOBBLY BOB

San Francisco passed on ordinance in 2003 whereby pet owners would now be referred to as pet guardians. I am not making this up.


17 posted on 04/28/2011 11:15:36 AM PDT by GSWarrior (GSWarrior's tagline has layers.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

That’s because the UN (your unelected masters) proclaim that animals, bugs, trees, dirt, have the same human rights as you do.


18 posted on 04/28/2011 11:15:41 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
I'm surprised that this type of utterance has not resulted in a call to bring back public whippings, the stocks and the pillory.
19 posted on 04/28/2011 11:15:53 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Bing Crosby

My pet
My pet, how I love her,
My pet, speaking of her,
Say, I bet there’s nobody like my pet!

Why pet with another?
My pet pets no other,
And I pet with nobody but my pet!

Do-do-do, sweet and kind,
Oh-doh-doh, perfect gem,
Oh, she got “it”
Do-do-do-do-do, she’s got them!

My pet told me truly,
I’m set, absolutely,
So I pet with nobody but my pet!


20 posted on 04/28/2011 11:16:15 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

21 posted on 04/28/2011 11:16:31 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: WOBBLY BOB
How much better off the world would be if "academics" actually had to work for a living, rather than get paid to sit around and dream up things to "improve".

For starters, that would mean Obama and his entire administration would not have the luxury of imposing the superior enlightenment and intelligence on the nation because they'd be too busy struggling with the real world, of which they obviously know very little.

22 posted on 04/28/2011 11:18:10 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I asked my cats if they objected to being called pets, and both of them said no. So I shall continue to refer to them as pets.


23 posted on 04/28/2011 11:18:51 AM PDT by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I agree with the academics!

Animals should be called “food” not “pets.”


24 posted on 04/28/2011 11:19:44 AM PDT by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Even innocuous phrases such as "sly as a fox" and "drunk as a skunk" are seen as an affront to animals.

So I guess calling Fiona, 'Coyote ugly' or 'fat as whale' are also out?

25 posted on 04/28/2011 11:19:53 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Going to Charlotte for the barbecue is like going to Minneapolis for the gumbo - John Reed)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

It’s “almost over”....


26 posted on 04/28/2011 11:21:00 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic. Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I don’t have time to reply, got to run over to “CompanionSmart”.


27 posted on 04/28/2011 11:23:42 AM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
animal rights activists are an insult to Humanity.
28 posted on 04/28/2011 11:23:48 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Carter 2.0 The Epic Fail Edition)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

My dogs really don’t care what I call them as long as I continue to feed them, buy them toys, play with them and generally cater to their every whim.


29 posted on 04/28/2011 11:23:48 AM PDT by jess35
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Well, here we have it.

Irrefutable proof that you simply CAN'T fix stupid, even by giving it a PhD.

30 posted on 04/28/2011 11:24:55 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
When my animals ask me ever so politely not to refer to them as pets I wont, until then they are pets.
31 posted on 04/28/2011 11:25:07 AM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: FrankR

Maybe they should apply for ‘stimulus’ funds to pay for their new signs...


32 posted on 04/28/2011 11:26:19 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: WayneS

“Piled High and Deep”?


33 posted on 04/28/2011 11:28:19 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Proud2BeRight
As long as it's a low-flush toilet. They can bottle it to go too — just not in a disposable plastic container.
34 posted on 04/28/2011 11:28:20 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: WOBBLY BOB

when my pets KNOW i’m calling them pets, then i’ll worry. for now they can’t speak english.


35 posted on 04/28/2011 11:32:03 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Worthless college degrees strike yet again.

They became wise to become fools.


36 posted on 04/28/2011 11:34:27 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Even innocuous phrases such as "sly as a fox" and "drunk as a skunk" are seen as an affront to animals.

Meanwhile, another group of foreign academics has identified "built like a brick ****house" as an affront to outhouses and loos the world over. They expect to start a movement in the US to address this and other insensitive building references such as "big as a house" and "dumb as a doorknob," though an exact date depends on how quickly they can pass through customs.

37 posted on 04/28/2011 11:34:47 AM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I was driving across Vermont last year, and I noticed a sign for a “Companion Animal Hospital.”

My first thought was that they must specialize in seeing-eye dogs, dogs brought into nursing homes to comfort the sick, or the like.

My second thought was, oh, just the latest PC trend.


38 posted on 04/28/2011 11:34:47 AM PDT by Cicero
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To: camle

I guess my dog must feel pretty awful everytime I call him “dumb-ass.”


39 posted on 04/28/2011 11:37:34 AM PDT by reegs
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To: WOBBLY BOB

My G-d! These people get some great weed!


40 posted on 04/28/2011 11:38:22 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

idiots and imbeciles


41 posted on 04/28/2011 11:40:29 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: reegs

“Don’t call that dog ‘Life Saver’, call him ‘S—t Head.’”


42 posted on 04/28/2011 11:40:56 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nevergore

Bums.


43 posted on 04/28/2011 11:42:14 AM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: winkadink

I had asked my cats if they objected to being called “pets”. They just looked at me as if I were daft. However that’s how they usually look at me.


44 posted on 04/28/2011 11:43:42 AM PDT by LauraJean (sometimes I win sometimes I donate to the equine benevolent society)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Maybe she does more “things” with her pets that the rest of us, which prompts her to call them “companions”. Could it be some “heavy companioning” going on? Hummmmmmmmmmmmm?


45 posted on 04/28/2011 11:44:33 AM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I always insist that my dog refers to me as her “human carer”. I am insulted each time she forgets.


46 posted on 04/28/2011 11:45:42 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: jess35
My dogs really don’t care what I call them as long as I continue to feed them, buy them toys, play with them and generally cater to their every whim.

so you're not a pet owneR, you're pet owneD?
47 posted on 04/28/2011 11:47:47 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Calling liberals “human” is an insult to humans.


48 posted on 04/28/2011 11:49:13 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: FrankR

it could also be her “life partner”.


49 posted on 04/28/2011 11:49:22 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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