PETA Asking People to Stop Using 'Anti-Animal Language'

Erika Holt
December 6, 2018

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".

PETA wants people to stop using common phrases such as "bring home the bacon", calling it anti-animal language that trivializes cruelty to animals.

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

"Words matter", PETA tweeted Tuesday.

Between animal testing, growing global meat consumption and the fur trade, one would think the group has its hands full enough not to play language police, especially since "removing speciesism from your daily conversations" seems to be even tougher for people to stomach than removing meat from their diets.

Instead of: "Beat a dead horse".

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Rather than using the phrase "kill two birds with one stone", their alternative is "feed two birds with one scone".

Instead of: "Bring home the bacon".

There has also, however, been a flood of tweets from social media users sympathetic to PETA's cause.

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

Some called PETA's phrases ridiculous, while others offered their own suggestions.

"With so much negativity in the world, why not lighten up, smile a little more, and use language in a way that encourages being kind to animals?"

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