Published: Wed, December 05, 2018

PETA Gets Dogged For Tweet Demanding End To 'Anti-Animal Language'

PETA Gets Dogged For Tweet Demanding End To 'Anti-Animal Language'

It included suggested replacement phrases for common phrases that the organization says are harmful. That includes "kill two birds with one stone", "bring home the bacon", and "take the bull by the horns"-phrases rooted in what PETA terms "speciesism", or discrimination based on species membership". Sometimes that means picking on people (who retaliate in the most hilarious ways), and sometimes that means tweeting some wild sh*t that even the most strict vegan has to roast them for on Twitter.

"Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it", PETA said in its tweet. Instead of the expression "beat a dead horse", it offers the somewhat comical alternative "feed a fed horse".

Meat-based idioms, like "beating a dead horse" or "taking the bull by the horns", can be compared with homophobic and racist language, according to animal rights organization PETA.


"Say: "Take the flower by the thorns".

In lieu of "kill two birds with one stone", how about saying "feed two birds with one scone"?

Despite PETA being mocked, Dr Shareena Hamzah, a language expert at the University of Swansea, believes these types of phrases may increase in popularity as we start to think more and more about the ethics surrounding consuming animal products. "To everyone else: add your own anti-speciesist phrases below!"

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