Animal rights group PETA says the word ‘pet’ objectifies animals, and we should stop using it

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Leading animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has a problem with the word “pet,” and wants you to stop using it. Instead, the group says, dog owners should call themselves dog “guardians,” and pets should be referred to as “companion animals” — because how we describe our animals dictates how we treat them. On Tuesday, Jennifer White of PETA went on leading U.K. television show Good Morning Britain, and in a combative segment with hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, urged people to think of alternatives, the Independent reports. One of the main problems with the word “pet,” she said, is that it is patronizing to animals.