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Hey, You! Stop Saying, ‘It!’

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OK, we’re going to get real here. Be forewarned.

Here’s a bad habit you probably have: calling animals “it,” right? It’s OK to admit it—most of us used to have this cringeworthy way of talking about animals—but guess what? It’s time for a change, because an animal is someone, not something.

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Saying “it” perpetuates the idea that animals are not living, breathing, feeling beings—and are instead inanimate objectsPlease use terms such as “he” and “she” whenever possible and avoid using “it.”

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This change may seem like a small thing—but language really does matter. The way we talk about issues, people, and animals is important and reflects how we feel and think about them. Calling an animal “it,” like using “gay” or “retarded” as an insult, is NEVER OK.

That’s where—drumroll, please—the “It Jar” comes in!

For the next month, each time you or anyone in your family calls an animal “it,” throw a quarter into your It Jar! This will break your bad habit fast and even help you save some money (or raise money for your student group, peta2, or your local animal shelter). Win, win, win! 

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Submit a photo of your It Jar to score 2,000 Street Team points that you can use later to get FREE peta2 swag, such as T-shirts, books, and more!

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  • Profile photo of aashi20

    449 days ago

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    SO doing this one i will donate half the money that i get every minth

  • Profile photo of LeahLovesKittys98

    546 days ago

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    what if i dont have a jar? what else can i use?

    • Profile photo of Whitney-C

      546 days ago

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      Hmmm, a small box? A bowl? Anything that slightly resembles a jar will work. :)

  • Profile photo of mariasarango

    578 days ago

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    I always call my dog by her name. No one calls her “it”, she gets so much love from everyone, I wish I could adopt another dog!

  • Profile photo of Tipo12

    587 days ago

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    I’m french, so I never say “it”. There is not translation for that. We said “il” for “he” and “elle” for “she”.

  • Profile photo of SPARROWsetFREE92

    592 days ago

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    If I don’t know an animals sex just call them a they, how are they?

  • Profile photo of crisiep1999

    602 days ago

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    I am having trouble sending pictures to peta. It is saying that it is unvalid

    • Profile photo of Sara-W

      602 days ago

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      You might want to try a different browser, a different file for the photo, or use a computer at your library instead. E-mail us at peta2@peta2.com if you have any other issues!

  • Profile photo of foreverawesome98

    603 days ago

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    I only say it when I don’t know the gender I do that with babies too if I don’t know their gender I never thought of it as calling them a ‘something’ or in an offensive way.

  • Profile photo of eminemfan269

    609 days ago

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    animals are beautiful creatures they shouldnt be abused.

  • Profile photo of crimsonroses

    612 days ago

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    i already refer to all animals as he or she, i never use ”it”, not even for bugs….i even got my mom to start doing it. :)

  • Profile photo of Dusky

    612 days ago

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    Never said ‘it’ but that’s because I speak dutch :p We all say ‘him’ or ‘her’

  • Profile photo of animalangel365

    612 days ago

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    what if i d
    ont know the gender?

  • Profile photo of Reiko89

    612 days ago

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    I almost never call an animal IT… I just didn’t grow up that way thankfully. Even my stuffed animals all had genders. I always guess because even if I’m wrong the person who knows will correct me but I don’t mind because at least I didn’t call the animal IT. People don’t call human babies they’ve never met before IT, they try to find context clues in the dress and the colors their parents make them wear.

  • Profile photo of animalangel365

    613 days ago

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    what if I dont know the gender? Sometimes you cant tell…..

    • Profile photo of Sara-W

      609 days ago

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      It’s better to make a guess and be wrong. You can also just use they, them, etc. :)

  • Profile photo of pikachugeneration1993

    614 days ago

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    I like this mission but how come mcdonalds threatens ”promises” to call the cops if i don’t leave their parking lot and stop telling their customers all the cruel facts about them? can’t we get a mission like that and not get arrested somehow ? ?

    • Profile photo of SaraAnn-C

      613 days ago

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      Please always make sure you’re on public property (like the sidewalk in front of McDonald’s) any time you hold a protest. If you’re not sure whether or not something is public or private property, you can find that out by contacting local authorities.

  • Profile photo of PannaBear

    615 days ago

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    Is it cool if i use my peta piggy bank? o.o i love that thing its so cute!!!!:D

    • Profile photo of SaraAnn-C

      613 days ago

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      Totally! Just be sure to label the bank for the picture :)

  • Profile photo of Dagmar

    617 days ago

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    The only time I use it is when I can’t figure out the sex or gender. Still I’m trying to work on it. :)

  • Profile photo of lahdoudi

    619 days ago

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    yeah it’s true

  • Profile photo of kaevans1

    619 days ago

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    I work at Trader Joe’s. I’ll ask someone from the demo counter during my lunch break if they have an empty coffee can that I can use. I love arts & crafts.

  • Profile photo of kaevans1

    619 days ago

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    I think this is a good system. I’ll have to ask my friend @ work to borrow a coffee can. Since my local State Fair is coming to town, I’ll have to avoid saying the “it” word. But what if my friends say it in a positive way? That won’t count would it?

  • Profile photo of justamermaid

    620 days ago

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    well i feel like a lot of the time when someone calls an animal it is because they don’t know the sex of it. it the animal. it may be him or her but you can’t tell unless you ask or check

  • Profile photo of Fatima

    621 days ago

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    I never call my pets “it”. My sisters and I always refer to them as “the babies”. 😀