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