PETA Compared ‘Speciesist’ Language To Racism And Twitter Lost It

April FrancisDec 06, 2018

Racist words, homophobic words, ableist words, and other forms of verbal discrimination and hate are just not the same as "anti-animal" language.

Meat-based idioms, like "flogging a dead horse" or "taking the bull by the horns", can be compared with homophobic and racist language, according to animal rights organization PETA. As such, they've done considerably more social and political damage than anyone who declares they need to "grab the bull by the horns" or "kill two birds with one stone". Click through to see its suggested replacement phrases, which left plenty of Twitter users amused. Instead of the expression "beat a dead horse", it offers the somewhat comical alternative "feed a fed horse". Another example is instead of saying "bring home the bacon", you should say "bring home the bagels".

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.

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The organization then suggested ways in which people could stop using "anti-animal language".

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

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".

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