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Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Piers Morgan furiously slams GMB guest who wants the word 'pet' BANNED

PETA also wants some phrases relating to animals banned

TV's Piers Morgan was left fuming today when a Good Morning Britain guest suggested we should ban phrases relating to animals.

The issue was debated on Tuesday's show after President of PETA Ingrid Newkirk called on animal owners to stop using the word 'pet', claiming it's a derogatory and patronising term comparable to the treatment of women before feminism.

The animal rights group has said we should start using terms like "companion" to describe our cats, dogs, rabbits etc.

Jennifer argued that the word 'pet' should be banned (Credit: ITV)

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However, Piers didn't agree and branded the suggestion "ridiculous".

Senior Media Officer at PETA, Jennifer White appeared on the programme to debate the issue with Piers and Susanna Reid.

Oh for God’s sake, you don’t even believe this guff.

Jennifer began: "A lot of people at home who have dogs and cats refer to them as pets and they refer to themselves as owners, and this implies that the animals are a possession."

However, Piers interrupted: "Oh for God’s sake, you don’t even believe this guff."

Jennifer said: "When you refer to animals, not as the living beings that they are, but as an inanimate object, it can reflect our treatment on our animals."

Piers hit back: "You want to ban the word pet but you want your organisation to carry on being called Peta?

"Do you see the problem? But pet is offensive. I’m offended by the use of the word pet."

Piers also blasted the list of anti-animal phrases PETA wants to get rid of which include "let the cat out of the bag," "bring home the bacon" and "take the bull by the horns".

Piers asked Jennifer: "One-trick pony, what’s your problem with that? Tell me why one-trick pony is wrong."

Jennifer hit back: "We don’t need to go through every phrase, we’ll be here all day."

The list of anti-animal phrases PETA wants to get rid of (Credit: ITV)

Piers ranted: "Actually we do because if you want to change the language, I would like to know why. What is wrong with one-trick pony? Some ponies love doing tricks.

"Have you asked them? Have you asked the ponies?"

Speaking about PETA not wanting the term "an elephant in a room" banned, Piers asked Jennifer: "Elephant in a room is okay though? Why would you want to lock an elephant in a room?

"Elephants should not be in a room. Elephants should be in the African Bush where they belong."

Jennifer replied: "We're not saying this. No one is saying this. You should know the power language has. All we are doing is providing better phrases that people can use."

Viewers were divided over the debate, with many siding with Piers.

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But others defended Jennifer and PETA.

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