"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.””
I’ll call animals whatever I god damned please. It should be glad I’m not eating it. Hell, maybe I am. It’s delicious.
Once animals figure out how to invent Naturmblr and start complaining about all their imaginary genders not appearing on government forms and retarded ‘problems’ that exist only thanks to the privileges of them living in a modern age they contributed nothing towards creating, then I’ll treat them just like regular people. As idiots. Then I’ll fucking eat them because god damn chicken you good. Wait, excuse me. He/she/smizmar is delicious. My deepest apologies, Supper.
And here is the PERFECT example of someone pushed too far.