January 30, 2023

Animals Are “Its” Not “Whos”

I see this mistake made more and more each day that I spend reading accounts that involve animals. I’m not a grammar expert and don’t pretend to be. The reason I mention the fact that people are using the wrong subjective pronouns when referring to animals isn’t because I think they are ignorantly, grammatically incorrect but that they may be using the subject pronouns normally used for human beings to describe animals. More than likely this is due to ongoing brainwashing and propagandizing by those who believe that animals are equivalent to humans (or of higher esteem) and choose to use human-related subjective pronouns to further the perverted agenda of animal rights.

To cite a couple of recent examples of this, let me begin with an article I read from an outdoor writer WHO was writing about coyotes and their preying upon pets. He writes: “I saw a story on the news about a coyote who had attacked a young boy.” Proper use would have read: “I saw…coyote THAT…”

The author continues: “They are smart animals and have learned that they don’t need to fear those residents.” Using the plural subject pronoun intended for reference to humans, is incorrect and sends the wrong message to people about the role animals play on this planet. A correct usage should have been something like this: “Coyotes are smart animals and have learned not to fear residents.”

Still further in the article we read: “…trappers were called in and captured five coyotes, one of whom was – through a DNA test – confirmed to be the animal that attacked…” A man did not attack any kids. An animal did. IT was later captured. Perhaps the writer should have stated, “one was -through a DNA test…”

We also find, in reference to coyotes: “…all of them howling, The coyotes veered off before they got to me.” Correction: “all the coyotes were howling…The coyotes veered off before getting to me.”

We can find a headline in an online newspaper (by subscription) that reads: “Vet says dog who swam in Payette L. died from algae poisoning.” The article also references the dog (a female) as “she.” Because the dog is a female, doesn’t qualify it to be labeled a she. Bitch is the common name for a female dog.

The point of all this isn’t about grammar, because frankly, I don’t give a damn. What it’s about is the substitution of human-intended subjective pronouns where pronouns intended for objects should be used. Of course this is intended to promote the humanization of animals into our society; a perversion that has excelled at rapid speed in the most recent years.

Care to learn more about subjective pronouns?