The Journal of Animal Ethics says calling the family dog a pet is simply derogatory. And don’t call rats, raccoons or any other woodland fauna “wild animals,” or “pests.” The Journal asks people to call all those untamed animals “free-living” or “free-roaming.”
The Journal writers say owners should call their dogs and cats “companion animals.”
What’s the matter with these wack-a-doodles at the Journal, promoting slavery like that? Don’t they know we cannot own another being? These companion beings choose to live with their human partners to bring comfort and cheer to us.