Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

PETA urges people to stop using ‘anti-animal language’

PETA urges people to stop using ‘anti-animal language’

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

Instead of saying "kill two birds with one stone", people should say "feed two birds with one scone", although the first phrase refers to using resources wisely to accomplish multiple goals and nothing to do with feeding or literally killing birds.

The animal-rights group is pushing for "animal-friendly idioms" and provided a list of suggestions people can use to avoid offending vegans, PETA said.

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. Another example is instead of saying "bring home the bacon", you should say "bring home the bagels".


The tweet includes a graphic recommending substitute language when referencing animals.

Instead of: "Be the guinea pig".

In the chart, PETA also recommends replacing "take the bull by the horns" with the more innocuous "take the flower by the thorns".

As might be expected, the backlash from skeptical Twitter users was swift, with hordes of people responding in their own tweets that PETA's campaign against some of America's most common phrases is ridiculous. "To everyone else: add your own anti-speciesist phrases below!"

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