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Calling Animals ‘Pets’ Is “Derogatory,” Says New Academic Journal

Agree or disagree? According to a staffwide editorial in the Journal of Animal Ethics, a new academic publication devoted to “the exploration of progressive thought about animals,” the word ‘pet’ “is surely a derogatory term both of the animals concerned and their human carers … The word ‘owners’, whilst technically correct in law, harks back to a previous age when animals were regarded as just that: property, machines or things to use without moral constraint.”

(Telegraph via TDW)

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