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·         No more guinea pigs: PETA calls for rewording of ‘anti-animal’ expressions

Don’t kill birds with stones, feed them with scones

 

·         COLUMN: PETA crossed another line

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals tweeted Dec. 5 that people should stop using “anti-animal language,” and they labeled such a thought as social justice…  

 

 

No more guinea pigs: PETA calls for rewording of ‘anti-animal’ expressions

Don’t kill birds with stones, feed them with scones

 

By Laurel J Sweet, Boston Herald

via The Mercury News - December 5, 2018

 

Sticks and stones can break your bones, but PETA  suggests some “anti-animal” idioms casually spoken every day are downright beastly.

 

Virginia-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the world’s largest animal-rights organization, has come out with five popular expressions it would like to see silenced once and for all for the sake of cleansing human conversation of speciesism.

 

The hit list includes “Bring home the bacon” and “Beat a dead horse.”

 

“Words matter,” PETA posted on social media, “and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it.”

 

Instead of “Kill two birds with one stone,” which means to achieve two goals at once, PETA suggests “Feed two birds with one scone.”

 

Instead of “Be the guinea pig,” which means to subject oneself to experimentation, PETA suggests “Be the test tube.”

 

Rather than “Beat a dead horse,” the act of pursuing a lost cause, PETA prefers the kinder “Feed a fed horse.”

 

And while it’s financially fruitful to “bring home the bacon,” PETA would rather you “bring home the bagels.”

 

Lastly, don’t “Take the bull by the horns,” PETA asks. Instead, that vexing problem can be tackled when you “Take the flower by the thorns”...

 

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COLUMN: PETA crossed another line

 

By Elsbeth Sanders, Indiana Daily Student News (IDS) 

Dec 5, 2018

 

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals tweeted Dec. 5 that people should stop using “anti-animal language,” and they labeled such a thought as social justice.

 

One of the suggestions was that instead of saying, “Kill two birds with one stone,” we should say “Feed two birds with one scone.”

 

Following up on the post, PETA also 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.”

 

Not only are PETA’s suggestions hilariously and silly, they aren’t needed. Changing traditional phrases to new, cuter ones is not going to stop factory farming or animal cruelty.

 

If they would have stopped with just their inane chart, then it really would not have been enough for me to actually care. PETA often makes fools of themselves online. The issue with its statement is that they compared uttering the phrase “beating a dead horse” to real-life, everyday racism, homophobia and ableism.

 

These aren’t even close to the same things. The main two things PETA uses its activism to combat are animal testing and the meat industry. While I agree that both of these things are a problem, they aren’t social problems. They’re systematic issues that cannot be solved with a simple change of language. Bigotry against people is entirely different.

 

While oppression of individuals is absolutely systematic, there is also a huge social aspect to it. Normalizing negative phrases against oppressed people, such as “that’s so gay," actually has an effect on how people are viewed by their bosses, coworkers, friends and family.

 

PETA has a history of inappropriate comparisons between historical tragedies and factory farming. In one such instance they compared pigs in the slaughterhouse to victims of the Holocaust. Needless to say, comparing pigs that are being killed for food — regardless of the issues of the industry — to a genocide that wiped out millions of people is completely uncalled for.

 

Another ill-advised PETA advertisement campaign was an image of a black woman, Rozonda Thomas, naked, covered in body paint and sitting in a cage. This is a double whammy, as it employs both sexism and racism. The comparison of black people and animals has a long and extremely racist history, and it has no place in advertising. There’s also the fact that PETA feels the need to compare women to animals. Which they do ... a lot.

 

In theory, the ideas that PETA has are actually pretty good. The world does have a problem with factory farming and with cruel animal testing, but the organization goes about changing things the entirely wrong way...

 

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https://www.idsnews.com/article/2018/12/columnpeta120518