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PETA: 'Anti-Animal' Speech Like 'Racist, Homophobic or Ableist Language'

By Craig Bannister | December 5, 2018 | 1:59pm EST
PETA: Don't say, "Bring home the bacon." (Getty Images, N.A.)

PETA says humans must “Stop using anti-animal language” by replacing popular, everyday phrases with species-neutral alternatives.

Speech insensitive to animals is no different than “racist, homophobic or ableist language,” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) declared in a tweet on Tuesday:

“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.”

“Words matter,” PETA counseled in a follow-up tweet, adding that “As our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves with it.”

This evolution requires humans to “remove speciesism” from their vocabulary by replacing common expressions – like “bring home the bacon” – with PETA-approved recommendations, such as:

  • “Bring home the bagels,”
  • “Feed two birds with one scone,”
  • “Be the test tube,”
  • “Feed a fed horse,” and
  • “Take the flower by the thorns.”
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