WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Animal rights group PETA is promoting kindness to animals by using kinder versions of phrases that make use of animals.
- Idioms such as, “bring home the bacon”, or ‘beat a dead horse” are remains of ‘speciesism’ according to PETA.
- A 2-column chart was shared by the group showing each offensive phrase and its suggested equivalent kinder version.
Idioms are the American language’s tried-and-true elements.
However, PETA believes that common idioms especially animal phrases like “kill two birds with one stone” or “bring home the bacon” are verbal remnants of ‘speciesism’ and promote animal cruelty. Kinder variations of these phrases are suggested by the group to be used instead. So ‘bring home the bagels’ instead of the bacon.
“Words matter. As our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it,” PETA wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
The animal rights group then presented a color-coded chart with two columns: printed in red is what they contend as offensive phrases and what they believe as kinder variations are printed in green.
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.
— PETA: Bringing Home the Bagels Since 1980 (@peta) December 4, 2018
Additionally, the organization also compared using the original phrases to racist and prejudiced language.
In a follow-up tweet, they wrote: “Just as it became unacceptable to use racist language, anti-animal phrases that downplay animal cruelty will be gone as more people begin to appreciate animals for who they are.”
As expected, PETA’s campaign swiftly provoked a backlash from Twitter skeptics with multitudes responding via tweets saying that the group’s suggested versions of the phrases are simply absurd.
Despite this, there were countless tweets from others as well who were sympathetic to PETA’s cause. Some even contributed animal-friendly phrases of their own. So instead of ‘curiosity killed the cat”, one social media user proposed “curiosity thrilled the cat.” Another tweeted “eat snow” in lieu of “eat crow”.
Using these generated phrases from users as inspiration to call for more innovative suggestions, PETA tweeted to its haters suggesting them to ease up and use language that advocates kindness to animals. At the same time, they also encouraged everyone else to continue sharing their anti-speciesist phrases.
And if these phrases end up being fun and humane as well, then they may truly be the best of both worlds.
Source: CBS News