PETA US Submits ‘Trollsen’, ‘Sea Kitten’ for Publication in Updated Dictionary

For Immediate Release:

30 August 2012



Ben Williamson +44(0)20 7357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]


Glasgow – After learning that Collins is collecting new words to be added to its upcoming dictionaries, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) US has submitted a list of five animal-friendly terms to the Glasgow-based publisher. The terms include “Trollsen“, a name befitting each of the fashion-backward Olsen twins for including fur and other animal skins in their collections; “sea kitten“, a term for fish that will elicit more empathy for these persecuted aquatic animals; “veganise“, the act of replacing meat, eggs and dairy products with kinder and healthier foods and ingredients; “veggie dog“, meat-free frankfurters that have skyrocketed in popularity; and “elefriend“, someone who supports elephants by boycotting circuses and zoos that use or display the animals.


“Dictionaries are updated to reflect the times, and animal-friendly terms reflect one of the fastest-growing social movements of our time: animal rights”, says PETA UK Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. “Word choices have a lot to do with shaping attitudes, so it’s time that animals received the respect that they deserve in our everyday language.”


People who support animal rights believe that animals are not ours to use for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation, or any other purpose and that animals deserve consideration of their best interests regardless of whether they are cute, useful to humans or endangered. Animals who suffer in laboratories and on factory farms are incapable of defending themselves, so compassionate people need speak up for them.


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