PETA mocked for likening phrases like “bringing home the bacon” to racist or homophobic language

The internet is laughing like a seal after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals suggested people hold their horses on using phrases like “beat a dead horse” because they’re a form of “speciesism.” “Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it,” PETA tweeted Tuesday along with a list of new turns of phrase to replace “anti-animal idioms,” like “bring home the bagels” instead of “bring home the bacon.”

They continued, “Just as it became unacceptable to use racist, homophobic, or ableist language, phrases that trivialize cruelty to animals will vanish as more people begin to appreciate animals for who they are and start ‘bringing home the bagels’ instead of the bacon.” The internet was quick to address the elephant in the room. “PETA is always conflating their work with the struggles of black people, queer people, and other people of color,” one Twitter critic noted. “I’m so glad I just had steak for lunch.” Others thought coming up with anti-animal idioms was the cat’s meow. Suggestions included “curiosity thrilled the cat” and “don’t put all your kale in one strainer.”

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