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PETA Tells Associated Press How To Refer To “Non-Human Animals”

Friday, April 27, 2007

The folks at PETA, — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are truly nut cases. They have sent a letter to Norm Goldstein, editor of The Associated Press Stylebook asking him not to refer to animals as inanimate objects — in other words, animals are people too?


Here is the letter Anna West, PETA’s director of communications sent to AP, Thursday:

April 26, 2007

Norm Goldstein, Editor
The Associated Press
450 W. 33rd St.
New York, NY 10001

Dear Mr. Goldstein:

On behalf of PETA’s more than 1.6 million members and supporters worldwide, I am writing to request that you revise The Associated Press Stylebook so that its grammatical rules reflect the fact that animals are living beings rather than inanimate objects. In magazine articles, popular literature, and advertising, writers are using “he,” “she,” and “who” to refer to animals—instead of the outdated and inaccurate “it” and “which.” Won’t you consider making this transition as well?

As “the essential global news network,” the Associated Press (AP) should take a progressive step and give animals the respect that they deserve by revising AP style guidelines to reflect the usage of personal pronouns for all animals.

While the world accelerates through the 21st century, progressive ideas are challenging and changing conventional perspectives. Recently, the American legal system recognized that nonhuman animals deserve legal status beyond that of mere “property” and that abusive treatment of animals is more than simple vandalism.

The public now recognizes that whales, who sing across oceans; great apes, who share more than 98 percent of our DNA; sheep, who can recognize as many as 50 faces after not having seen them for two years; and pigs and chickens, who can learn to operate switches in order to control heat and light in factory-farm sheds, are feeling, intelligent individuals—not objects. Our language should reflect this.

I would greatly appreciate hearing your decision on this matter. Enclosed are PETA’s Writing Style and Guidelines, which explain how to avoid language that portrays animals in a negative light.

Thank you very much for your time.


Anna West
Director of Written Communications

I’ll bet that the AP will jump on this faster than their continuing fauxtography scandals and bogus news reports without sited sources or named witnesses. The hypocrisy and the hand wringing of the lefties on their “injustices” makes me sick. They are a dangerous group – hide your animals and children!

See: Al Gore’s “Drowning Polar Bears”

Posted: 1945PT 04/27/07


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