|Brady (left) and Reggie (right) Contemplating The Implications|
Animal ethicists are calling for a new vocabulary about animals, shunning words such as 'pets,' 'wildlife,' and 'vermin' as derogatory and even suggesting 'animal' is a 'term of abuse'.
Instead of “pet,” the Journal of Animal Ethics suggests “companion animal.” Rather than “wildlife,” they are to be called “free-living.” “Differentiated beings” or “non-human animals” is preferred to simply “animals.”Can we still call a spade a spade and a dog a dog? And a spayed dog, well, you get the idea. I tried it out last night on our boys. I call them dogs. That's right, dogs. Specifically, I look at them, put on my I'm-speaking-to-the-dogs voice and inform them that they are "good dogs", stretching out the dogs (the word, not the dogs).
Neither Reggie nor Brady were the least bit offended by this. Not. Even. Perturbed.
And, I call them "the boys".
Is that still OK?
And that's the way the doggedly determined Ball bounces.