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.”
Common language on fauna betrays an “anthropocentric bias” and impedes an understanding of our interaction with the non-human species sharing the planet, argue the editors of the first academic journal dedicated to animal ethics in their debut issue.
Who says bipartisanship doesn’t exist anymore? The Chattanooga News reports that Dems and GOPers united in the Volunteer State to grumble about an angry canine in the government plaza.
An emotional speech on the House floor by state Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, has led to an emphasis on the ban of pets in the legislative plaza of the Tennessee Capitol.
Favors said that she encountered a dog in the plaza while coming out of a committee meeting. “This huge dog was just coming back and forth, back and forth, and I was just so fearful,” Favors said in an interview. The experience upset her so much that she felt the need to speak out on the House floor about her “extreme fear of dogs.”