AWSELVA's Winter Conference 2019
The use of language relating to animals is fundamental in all our interactions with them. Whether relating to animal law, policy and welfare prosecutions, in the media and wider society or the language employed when talking to pet owners about the animal they care for, language has meaning. It impacts on the way animals are perceived and regarded by us and their status in a human-dominated society. Communication affects the care given to animals and can be a bridge or a barrier to shared understanding of the place of animals in human lives.