Robert: PETA suggests we stop using phrases like “bring home the bacon”
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants us to stop using phrases and common sayings that allude to cruelty to animals or any other kind of “speciesism” or “anti-animal language.”
For example, instead of saying “beat a dead horse” whenever someone continues to pursue a particular endeavor to no avail, we should say “feed a fed horse.”
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 (@peta) December 4, 2018
“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. “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 public were not as enthusiastic about the idea however, as the suggestions from the animal rights group came under heavy criticism from many on social media.