Animal rights group PETA claims that anti-animal terms, such as “bring home the bacon,” are as offensive as racism and anti-gay slurs.
CNN reported that meat-based idioms, like “flogging a dead horse” or “taking the bull by the horns,” can be compared with homophobic and racist language, according to animal rights organization PETA.
Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Here’s how to remove speciesism from your daily conversations. pic.twitter.com/o67EbBA7H4
— PETA: Bringing Home the Bagels Since 1980 (@peta) December 4, 2018
Peta is facing backlash for the new campaign.
I am so done with people getting aggy about stupid little things that have even the slightest affiliation with bigger issues. Changing idioms will NOT change the world thank u next
— Hannah Else (@hannahelse) December 5, 2018
Words hurt peopleLoading...
Words cannot hurt animals
You do know this right
That they don't understand when you talk
— Cyrus the Bacteria (@lepcyrus) December 5, 2018
However, the animal rights organization doubled down on their new campaign.
To the haters: with so much negativity in the world, why not lighten up and use language in a way that encourages being kind to animals? 😻
To everyone else: add your own anti-speciesist phrases below!
Curiosity thrilled the cat (not killed)
Eat snow (not crow) https://t.co/4p2htgMfrc
— PETA – #CanadaGooseKillsDay (@peta) December 5, 2018
And that angered even more people.
You guys need to focus more on the actual issues going on. This isn't going to change anything and nor should it be a thing people take on. Pointless.
— Ryan ward (@Ryaneatspie1) December 5, 2018
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is calling for an end to what it calls “speciesism,” or using animal names in negative contexts, such as “beat a dead horse” or “take the bull by the horns.”
“Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it,” PETA posted on its Twitter account on Tuesday, comparing these idioms to racist and homophobic language.
Instead of saying “kill two birds with one stone,” people should say “feed two birds with one scone,” although the first phrase refers to using resources wisely to accomplish multiple goals and nothing to do with feeding or literally killing birds.
Instead of “beat a dead horse,” PETA recommends saying “feed a fed horse,” even though “beat a dead horse” means one should not waste time doing something that will not work–nothing to do with feeding horses.
“Be the guinea pig” should change to “be the test tube” and “bring home the bacon” to “bring home the bagels,” referring to PETA’s stance that everyone should be a vegan.
The final entry on the graph is that “take the bull by the horns”–which is meant to express that people should tackle a challenge head on–should become “take the flower by the thorns.”
According to the site “Peta Kill Animals,” 95.9% of animals under PETA’s care have been KILLED by Peta in one year.
Do you call THAT “ethical treatment of animals?”
You can read more here and decide for yourself.