PETA asks people to stop using ‘anti-animal language,’ including common phrases

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

The tweet led to outrage online, with Hannah Else believes that changing idioms is not the solution.

PETA talked about the importance of words, noting that language should evolve along with social justice.

PETA has issued new guidelines for helping people remove what it has dubbed "speciesism" and anti-animal language from daily conversations.

Others said the animal rights organization was giving vegetarians and vegans a bad name.

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. Instead of the expression "beat a dead horse", it offers the somewhat comical alternative "feed a fed horse". And instead of "take the bull by the horns", you should say "take the flower by the thorns".

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For instance, rather than saying, "bring home the bacon", PETA suggested saying, "bring home the bagels".

Feeding two birds with one scone, basically.

"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. Instead of "curiosity killed the cat", for example, one Twitter user suggested "curiosity thrilled the cat".

PETA responded to the criticism Wednesday, asking the "haters" to "lighten up" and for more suggestions on anti-speciesist language.

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