PETA Calls on People to Use Words Like 'Companion' Instead of Pet

If you asked your pet how it feels about being called a pet, chances are you wouldn't receive much of a response.


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If you asked your pet how it feels about being called a pet, chances are you wouldn't receive much of a response.

That didn't stop Jennifer White, senior media officer at PETA, from telling Good Morning Britain that the term "pet" is derogatory toward animals and that people should opt for phrases like "companion" instead.

"We don't hate the word 'pet'—we're encouraging people to use something better, like 'companion,'" White said.

"A lot of people at home who have dogs or cats will call them pets and refer to themselves as owners and this implies that the animals are a possession, like a car for example,” she told an incredulous Piers Morgan. "When you refer to animals not as the living beings they are but as an inanimate object, it can reflect our treatment of these animals."

'We don't hate the word pet we're encouraging people to use something better like companion.'

Senior Media Officer at PETA, Jennifer White.

— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) February 4, 2020

White isn't the first person to make this suggestion. Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA, previously said a pet is a "whole individual, with emotions and interests."

"Animals are not pets—they are not your cheap burglar alarm or something which allows you to go out for a walk. They are not ours as decorations or toys, they are living beings,” the activist told the Daily Mail.

People on Twitter didn't take too kindly to PETA's suggestion, opting to joke about it instead:

PETA says the word ‘pet’ is derogatory to animals and shouldn’t be used. I’m sure my pet dogs hate me using this term I think to myself as I pay for everything they need, feed and care for them, let them sleep on my bed, walk them in all weather and clean up their shit after them

— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) February 4, 2020

Can’t get over this 😂 have they got nothing better to do with their day?! #PETA

— Rachel Free (@RachelFree) February 4, 2020

I've just told my dog that #PETA say he's no longer my pet but instead my equal so I'm going to laze around the house all morning chewing stuff & licking my balls while he drives into work & finishes that report. He can't get the car into gear though the useless twat.

— Phlegm Clandango (@Cain_Unable) February 4, 2020

If he's my equal, why hasn't the little git got a job yet and starting buying his own food? #PETA

— Rachel (@OpenMindMH) February 4, 2020

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