PETA urges people to stop using ‘anti-animal language’

Howard TerryDec 06, 2018

Don't mind our animal-friendly language but PETA suddenly tweeted yesterday (Dec 4) a list of English phrases that they consider to be discriminatory towards animals. Instead of "bring home the bacon", try "bring home the bagels". Instead of the expression "kill two birds with one stone", it recommends "feed two birds with one scone".

In the chart, PETA also recommends replacing "take the bull by the horns" with the more innocuous "take the flower by the thorns".

In a post on Tuesday, PETA tweeted, "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".

And of course, Twitter users had plenty of their own opinions. "This tweet of yours, equating "speciesism" with racism, homophobia and ableism is deeply disturbing".

"Comparing animal phrases to the struggles of people of color and the LGBTQ is the most PETA thing I've ever seen", wrote one woman on Twitter.

The organization then suggested ways in which people could stop using "anti-animal language".

And journalist Brooke Rogers said: "Just a reminder that PETA kills thousands of adoptable animals every year, has a crazy-high euthanasia rate (more than 80 per cent some years) yet still has the gall to churn out this laughable nonsense".

PETA has faced backlash for its suggestions.

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