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Calling Animals ‘Pets’ Is Unfair (29th April, 2011)

Animal rights campaigners want the English language to be fairer to animals. Professor Andrew Linzey wrote in the Journal of Animal Ethics that we should change the names we give to animals. He said the word “pet” insults dogs and cats. He said instead, they should be called “companion animals”. He also dislikes the word “owners” because it describes animals as being property and not living creatures. Linzey believes people will treat animals better if we use more respectful vocabulary.

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Professor Linzey outlines many more words he says disrespects animals and gives alternatives. He suggests we replace the term “wild animal” with “free-living” or “free-roaming”. He also asks us to stop describing rats and mice as “vermin” or “pests”. Linzey says, “our existing language about animals is the language of past thought…and the past is littered” with insulting names. He wants an end to phrases he thinks are unfair, such as “sly as a fox”, “eat like a pig” or “drunk as a skunk”.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

animal rights

a.

creatures

2

the word “pet” insults

b.

being property

3.

it describes animals as

c.

animals better

4.

living

d.

vocabulary

5.

people will treat

e.

campaigners

6.

use more respectful

f.

dogs and cats

 

Paragraph 2

1.

words he says disrespects

a.

as “vermin”

2

replace the term “wild animal”

b.

pig

3.

stop describing rats and mice

c.

animals

4.

the language of past

d.

with insulting names

5.

littered

e.

thought

6.

eat like a

f.

with “free-living”


LISTENING GAP FILL

__________________ campaigners want the English language __________________ animals. Professor Andrew Linzey wrote in the Journal of Animal Ethics that we should change __________________ to animals. He said the word “pet” insults dogs and cats. __________________, they should be called “companion animals”. He also dislikes the word “owners” because it describes animals __________________ and not living creatures. Linzey believes __________________ animals better if we use more respectful vocabulary.

Professor Linzey __________________ more words he says disrespects animals and __________________. He suggests we replace the term “wild animal” with “free-living” or “free-roaming”. He __________________ stop describing rats and mice as “vermin” or “pests”. Linzey says, “our __________________ about animals is the language of past thought…and the past is littered” with __________________. He wants an end to phrases he thinks are unfair, such as “sly as a fox”, “__________________” or “drunk as a skunk”.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Animal (1) ____ campaigners want the English language to be fairer to animals. Professor Andrew Linzey wrote in the Journal of Animal Ethics that we should change the names we (2) ____ to animals. He said the word “pet” (3) ____ dogs and cats. He said (4) ____, they should be called “companion animals”. He also dislikes the word “owners” because it describes animals as (5) ____ property and not living creatures. Linzey believes people will       (6) ____ animals better if we use more respectful vocabulary.

Professor Linzey (7) ____ many more words he says disrespects animals and gives alternatives. He suggests we replace the term “(8) ____ animal” with “free-living” or “free-roaming”. He also asks us to stop describing rats and mice (9) ____ “vermin” or “(10) ____”. Linzey says, “our existing language about animals is the language of past thought…and the past is (11) ____” with insulting names. He wants an end to phrases he thinks are unfair, such as “(12) ____ as a fox”, “eat like a pig” or “drunk as a skunk”.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

wrongs

(b)

lefts

(c)

rights

2.

(a)

give

(b)

name

(c)

talk

3.

(a)

insults

(b)

insult

(c)

insulting

4.

(a)

however

(b)

instead

(c)

so

5.

(a)

was

(b)

be

(c)

being

6.

(a)

threat

(b)

treat

(c)

treaty

7.

(a)

lines

(b)

outlines

(c)

lined

8.

(a)

wilderness

(b)

wildly

(c)

wild

9.

(a)

as

(b)

was

(c)

has

10.

(a)

bests

(b)

pests

(c)

vests

11.

(a)

littered

(b)

litters

(c)

litter

12

(a)

happy

(b)

hot

(c)

sly


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

animal htgisr

2.

rfreia to animals

3.

the word “pet” slstnui dogs and cats

4.

ioonpcamn animals”

5.

people will eartt animals better

6.

more flspetceru vocabulary

 

Paragraph 2

7.

Linzey seiotunl many more words

8.

aeclepr the term “wild animal”

9.

“vermin” or “ssept

10.

our singietx language

11.

rhaspse he thinks are unfair

12.

rukdn as a skunk


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

unfair, such as “sly as a fox”, “eat like a pig” or “drunk as a skunk”.

1  )

Animal rights campaigners want the English language to be fairer to animals. Professor

(    )

Andrew Linzey wrote in the Journal of Animal Ethics that we should change the names we

(    )

called “companion animals”. He also dislikes the word “owners” because it describes

(    )

animals as being property and not living creatures. Linzey believes people will

(    )

asks us to stop describing rats and mice as “vermin” or “pests”. Linzey says, “our existing

(    )

is littered” with insulting names. He wants an end to phrases he thinks are

(    )

treat animals better if we use more respectful vocabulary.

(    )

Professor Linzey outlines many more words he says disrespects animals and gives

(    )

alternatives. He suggests we replace the term “wild animal” with “free-living” or “free-roaming”. He also

(    )

language about animals is the language of past thought…and the past

(    )

give to animals. He said the word “pet” insults dogs and cats. He said instead, they should be


WORD JUMBLE

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

fairer     English     language     Campaigners     to     want     be     the.    

2.

change     we     animals     should     names     to     We     the     give.    

3.

He     word          the     “pet”     dogs     said     insults.    

4.

property     It     animals     being     describes     as.    

5.

animals     treat     will     people     believes     Linzey     better.    

6.

animals     More     he     disrespects     words     says.    

7.

and     .     mice     Stop     as     describing     rats     “vermin”

8.

about     language     existing     Our     animals.    

9.

names     insulting     with     littered     is     past     The.    

10.

are     to     unfair     phrases     he     An     thinks     end.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about animal names for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. ANIMAL NAMES: Search the Internet and find more information about animal names. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about animal names. Include imaginary interviews with some animals. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a language. Ask him/her three questions about animal names. Give him/her three of your opinions on this article. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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