People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is asking people to stop using common phrases like “bring home the bacon,” and “beat a dead horse,” claiming that it is anti-animal language that trivializes cruelty to animals.
PETA tweeted advice on how people can remove “speciesism” from daily conversations.
The group shared a chart with phrases it considers more animal-friendly. PETA suggests replacing “bring home the bacon” with “bring home the bagels.”
Instead of saying “kill two birds with one stone,” it recommends “feed two birds with one scone”.
Other common phrases that PETA says should no longer be used include “be the guinea pig,” and “take the bull by the horns.” Those phrases should be replaced with “be the test tube,” feed a fed horse” and “take the flower by the thorns,” the organization says.
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. pic.twitter.com/o67EbBA7H4
— PETA: Bringing Home the Bagels Since 1980 (@peta) December 4, 2018
After receiving backlash for the request, PETA tweeted the following:
“To the haters: with so much negativity in the world, why not lighten up and use language in a way that encourages being kind to animals? To everyone else: add your own anit-speciesist phrases below! Curiosity thrilled the cat (not killed). Eat snow (not crow).”