If there was a running for the worst public relations stunt of the year, then animal rights organization PETA just tossed their name in for consideration.
In a pair of posts, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals conflated anti-animal language to racism, homophobic or ableist comments.
PETA wants people to stop what they refer to as “speciesism” and “anti-animal language” in commonly used phrases like “Kill two birds with one stone” and “Bring home the bacon.”
Yes, really. Check it out:
“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,” PETA tweeted.
“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 animal rights organization continued.
The group does not want people to drop the substance of the phrases, just replace them with phrases which do not use perceived animal violence.
“Feed two birds with one scone,” was their alternative to “Kill two birds with one stone.”
“Be the test tube,” as an alternative to “Be the guinea pig.”
“Feed a fed horse,” in replace of “Beat a dead horse.”
“Bring home the bagels,” over “Bring home the bacon.”
And, finally, “Take the flower by the thorns,” as an alternative to “Take the bull by the horns.”
As CNN reports, people hated PETA’s comparison:
Here is how some other people commented on the posts:
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