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Groups Urge Associated Press to Update Animal Pronouns

March 29, 2021

Jo-Anne McArthur / Animal Equality, We Animals Media: Wet from birth, ropes used to pull her from her mother still around her ankles.

Source UPC , IDA , Animals and Media

“In an age struggling with industrialized animal cruelty, the sixth mass extinction of species, a climate crisis, and the exploitation of the natural world, the way we use language influences the way we see our relationship with our environment and the nonhuman animals we share it with.”

United Poultry Concerns is pleased to be a signatory to this Open Letter initiated by In Defense of Animals urging The Associated Press to update its pronoun recommendations for nonhuman animals from “what” to “who.” For decades, the AP’s Stylebook recommendations on the use of personal pronouns for nonhuman animals have cast animals as objects – “it,” “which,” and similar demeaning and inaccurate designations that influence media coverage and public perception. IDA is joined by more than 80 respected leaders and scholars in animal advocacy and conservation across the globe who support this change, including Jane Goodall.

Read the Open Letter:
Animals Are a Who, Not a What

See also English and Speciesism , By Joan Dunayer

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i am a being
a form
i live
i die
i feel
i exist
i am real
i am not a thing
nor an it
i am here as are you
until called
by the one higher

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 1, 2021 2:48 pm

    i am a being
    a form
    i live
    i die
    i feel
    i exist
    i am real
    i am not a thing
    nor an it
    i am here as are you
    until called
    by the one higher

    Liked by 1 person

  2. April 2, 2021 4:42 am

    Thanks for sharing.
    All the best. Happy Easter 🐣
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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