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The Power of Language


Remember the old childhood saying – “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never harm me?”  That oft repeated phrase, meant to minimize the impact of hurtful words,

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  • September 16, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Hi,
    Speaking of language, please refer to animals as “who,” not “which.” Pronouns like “which” and “it” reinforce the attitude in people that other (than human) animals are inanimate things. Regarding the term “euthanasia,” it is misused by the media and others to refer to every kind of horrific killing of birds and other creatures. A recent article describing a brutal government roundup of migrating Canada geese in Maryland called gassing them to death with CO2 “humane euthanasia.” Most people seem not to know anymore that the term euthanasia means a Good Death although they also seem to feel comforted by the term even when it is used to characterize obviously cruel methods of killing. Agribusiness and its veterinary affiliates have helped to degrade usage of the term “euthanasia” deliberately.

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    • September 16, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks Karen for adding these important points about how we use language when describing animals and their exploitation.

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  • September 16, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Re-submitting in case you didn’t get it the first time:

    Speaking of language, please refer to animals as “who,” not “which.” Pronouns like “which” and “it” reinforce the attitude in people that other (than human) animals are inanimate things. Regarding the term “euthanasia,” it is misused by the media and others to refer to every kind of horrific killing of birds and other creatures. A recent article describing a brutal government roundup of migrating Canada geese in Maryland called gassing them to death with CO2 “humane euthanasia.” Most people seem not to know anymore that the term euthanasia means a Good Death although they also seem to feel comforted by the term even when it is used to characterize obviously cruel methods of killing. Agribusiness and its veterinary affiliates have helped to degrade usage of the term “euthanasia” deliberately.

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