What's the difference between a pet and a companion?
To me, they are one in the same. How does PETA make a distinction between the two terms?
Wikipedia (ya, not the best source) defines pet and companion like so:
Pet: "A pet is an animal kept for companionship and enjoyment or a household animal, as opposed to livestock, laboratory animals, working animals or sport animals, which are kept for economic reasons"
Companion: "Companion may refer to:
Companion (caregiving), a nurse assistant or similar professional who assists a patient one-on-one
Companion (ship), an architectural feature of ships
Companion animal, a pet animal kept for companionship
Companion parrot, a pet parrot that interacts with its owner
Companion star, a star in a binary star system
Companion weapon, an object held in the non-sword hand while fencing
Muhammad's companions, the Sahaba
Companion cavalry, Alexander the Great's elite cavalry
Foot Companion, the primary type of soldier in Alexander the Great's army
Lady's companion, a genteel woman who acted as a companion for woman of rank or wealth
Companion planting, planting of different crops in close physical proximity
A handbook or guide book or compendium e.g. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion or The Oxford Companion to Music
A member of a Holy Royal Arch chapter
A domestic partner
An intelligent conversational agent as in the Companions Project"
So.....PETA wants us to either treat our animals like domestic partners, which in my case would mean they would have to feed themselves, walk themselves, groom themselves, teach themselves, vet themselves etc. OR they want us to form a domineering relationship with our animals (concubine), OR they want us to treat them like pets.....