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Old 04-29-2011, 02:57 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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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.

Calling animals 'pets' is insulting, academics claim - Telegraph
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Old 04-29-2011, 03:20 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Taxpayer-funded academic navel-gazing at its finest.
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Old 04-29-2011, 03:29 AM
 
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I think if a cat could talk, most would be insulted to be thought of as a "pet", but dogs would rather enjoy it
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Old 04-29-2011, 03:59 AM
 
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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.

Calling animals 'pets' is insulting, academics claim - Telegraph
Political correctness at its most ludicrous!
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Old 04-29-2011, 04:12 AM
 
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Off with their heads!

Friggin' idiots.
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Old 04-29-2011, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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I think if a cat could talk, most would be insulted to be thought of as a "pet", but dogs would rather enjoy it
That's speciesist.
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Old 04-29-2011, 07:13 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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im a strong animal lover, my life revolves around my "fur kids" BUT even i think thats just silly!
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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Me too. I treat my animals like family, but that's so PC it's ridiculous. And since they surely don't take offense at the word so why should anyone else worry about it.
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:49 PM
 
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"Human carers?"

Mine regard me as their human SLAVE!

Chirp!
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