A generation ago, one might say, "A fireman put a ladder against a tree, climbed it, and rescued a cat." Today, however, the most rabid of PC gestapo types might dictate this to be the only inoffensive way of expressing the same idea:
The firefighter (who happened to be male, but could just as easily have been female) abridged the rights of the cat to determine for itself where it wanted to walk, climb, or rest, and inflicted his own value judgments in determining that it needed to be "rescued" from its chosen perch. In callous disregard for the well-being of the environment, and this one tree in particular, he thrust the mobility disadvantaged-unfriendly means of ascent known as a "ladder" carelessly up against the tree, marring its bark, and unfeelingly climbed it, unconcerned how his display of physical prowess might injure the self-esteem of those differently-abled. He kidnapped and unjustly restrained the innocent animal with the intention of returning it to the person who claimed to "own" the naturally free animal.Granted this is satire, but cases nearly as nonsensical do happen. Read Tongue Tied for some real examples.