Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

PETA Offers Alternatives to Sayings With 'Anti-Animal Language'

African Swine flu speciesism PETA PETA Gets Dogged For Tweet Demanding End To 'Anti-Animal Language'
Melinda Barton | 06 December, 2018, 03:27

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

The activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has a bone to pick with phrases it says are anti-animal.

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

They're tried-and-true elements of the American language, but the animal rights group PETA is suggesting that common phrases like "bring home the bacon" and "kill two birds with one stone" carry a harmful message.

With the tweet, PETA, a high-profile animal rights organisation, have managed to drive their agenda while sounding tongue-in-cheek at the same time.

Instead of: "Beat a dead horse".

Instead of: "Kill two birds with one stone".

Instead of: "Bring home the bacon".

"Say: "Take the flower by the thorns". Some twitter users even suggested other alternatives, like "Curiosity thrilled the cat".

"Say: "Feed two birds with one scone".

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

Joey Gall added: "PETA introduced me to the term "speciesism" today which 1) is not a thing and 2) diminishes the legitimacy of racism, sexism and classism that many still don't quite recognize".