This one you won’t believe:
Animal lovers should stop calling their furry or feathered friends “pets” because the term is insulting, leading academics claim. Domestic dogs, cats, hamsters or budgerigars should be rebranded as “companion animals” while owners should be known as “human carers”, they insist. Even terms such as wildlife are dismissed as insulting to the animals concerned – who should instead be known as “free-living”, the academics including an Oxford professor suggest. The call comes from the editors of then Journal of Animal Ethics, a new academic publication devoted to the issue. It is edited by the Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, a theologian and director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, who once received an honorary degree from the Archbishop of Canterbury for his work promoting the rights of “God’s sentient creatures”.
How stupid. I wonder how the good reverend knows the poor dumb beasts feel insulted. Every theologian should feel embarrassed and ashamed that there’s a theologian making such idiotic claims. PETA’s fecklessness and doofiness has just been eclipsed. Journal of Animal Ethics… I guess it’s true. There really is one born every minute.
To support the insanity I think I’ll spend the day walking up to dumb beasts and insult them by calling them ‘pets’ and ‘wildlife’.