Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

PETA releases list of animal friendly idioms to avoid 'speciesism'

PETA releases list of animal friendly idioms to avoid 'speciesism'

"Words matter", PETA tweeted Tuesday.

Instead of saying "bring home the bacon", the group suggests using the phrase "bring home the bagels".

PETA has issued new guidelines for helping people remove what it has dubbed "speciesism" and anti-animal language from daily conversations. It included suggested replacement phrases for common phrases that the organization says are harmful.

Instead of "beat a dead horse", PETA recommends saying "feed a fed horse", even though "beat a dead horse" means one should not waste time doing something that will not work-nothing to do with feeding horses. Instead of "bring home the bacon", try "bring home the bagels".

PETA is encouraging people to embrace more animal friendly language with a list of alternatives to popular phrases.

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There has also, however, been a flood of tweets from social media users sympathetic to PETA's cause.

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

"With so much negativity in the world, why not lighten up, smile a little more, and use language in a way that encourages being kind to animals?"

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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