Groups Urge Associated Press to Update Animal Pronouns
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FROM Karen Davis, PhD, UPC United Poultry Concerns
March 2021

Also read: 'It' is Out for Nonhuman Animals - Supporting the Push to Use 'He' or 'She' Instead

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.

Nigel Burroughs
We are your kin, not your “things.” Artwork by Nigel Burroughs, Nature’s Chicken

United Poultry Concerns is pleased to be a signatory to this Open Letter initiated by In Defense of Animals (IDA) 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 (PDF)

To learn more about this campaign, see: Animals Are Not Objects


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