30 Jun '13, 9pm

Stop Calling Animals “It”

Stop Calling Animals “It”

The English language has lots of rules, but the one I dislike the most is assigning the personal pronoun “it” when discussing animals. People are never referred to as “it.” People pronouns are he or she, him or her and his or hers. Human beings are living, sentient creatures who think, feel pain and joy, interact with their environment and so much more. But wait — so are animals! Then why are animals considered an it? Historically, animals have not fared well in the human eye. We eat animals, we wear them, we use them to carry our heavy loads, we race them without regard for their welfare and we breed them in the name of money. Some get to be pets, but not even all of those escape abuse and torture at the hands of humans. The general attitude seems to be: if you are not human then you are there to serve humans’ needs. Does anyone else see something terribly wrong with this...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/stop-calling-animals-it.html

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