"Very important. General rule for English speakers - if you don’t do it in the human context, don’t do it in the nonhuman context.
Just make a little effort to say “she or he” or “her or him” if you don’t know the sex. It’s a little effort with a very important social message.
Nonhuman animals are *persons*, not *things*. Therefore, we should refer to a nonhuman animal as a “she” or “he,” never as an “it.””
Everyone please share this. There were a few anti gay and abortion activists outside of my local university that were arrested for their actions and not cooperating with the police.
I’m going to explain a bit about what happened here so that no pro-lifer can try and twist this and make it seem like his rights were violated, because they were not.
In Canada we have something called the T.P.A (Trespass to Property Act) and under that act there are 3 main offenses; engaging in prohibited activity on property, entering a prohibited area on property, and not leaving when directed to. This man was arrested because he failed to leave the property when directed to, and as agents of the property, the security guards of the University had every right to ask him to leave, and since the man did not comply with their orders, the police were able to make an arrest and charge him, and anyone else asked to leave, with Trespassing.
All University’s have guidelines that all students, staff, and other personnel must abide by while on campus, and if you are going to do something like a protest on their property you must ask to do so first. If you do not abide by their rules and guidelines, they have every right to remove you from their property. If he wanted to continue to protest he should have left the property and gone to public property where you can exercise your rights to freedom of speech, HOWEVER, if that speech is hateful it is a criminal charge that could be laid against you.
It’s nice to see justice being served. .- Paige