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PETA dogged by catty comments after anti-animal language tweet

06 December 2018
PETA dogged by catty comments after anti-animal language tweet

The group recently tweeted a photo, which offered alternatives for common phrases that use "anti-animal language".

The organization captioned its helpful chart with "Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it".

For instance, rather than saying, "bring home the bacon", PETA suggested saying, "bring home the bagels".

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

The last scenario is what is now playing out in the Twittersphere, as PETA took to its account to tweet about how we should remove "speciesist" language - language that is unfriendly to animals - from our vocabularies.

PETA is asking people to stop using common phrases like "bring home the bacon", claiming that it is anti-animal language that trivializes cruelty to animals.

Instead of: "Kill two birds with one stone". And instead of "take the bull by the horns", you should say "take the flower by the thorns".

The tweets have received a huge amount of backlash, with more than 20,000 people replying, mostly criticising the organisation.

Not only do the PC editions of the time-tested idioms make little sense - Twitter was quick to point out how where there's a will, there's a way to find someone who will be offended by even the "correct" version.