PETA wants us to stop using 'anti-animal' language
PETA posted on Twitter yesterday asking people to re-think their wording when it comes to anti-animal phrases
The animal rights activist group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (aka, PETA), feels that we should be more cognizant and aware of what we say in order to avoid species-ism. The organization posted an image on Twitter with common "anti-animal" phrases and adjusted the wording to remove any type of animal reference. The Tweet was captioned to say: "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 followed up the original Tweet with a second one saying, "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."
Other Twitter users had quite a time responding to PETA - and it appears that most people are skeptical of the idea. Check out some of the responses below.
Raising awareness and teaching us new phrases? thats killing two birds with one stone right there.— Tryzick (@Tryzick) December 5, 2018
So I’m supposed to grab a flower by the thorns? What about my fingers? Or what about the flowers feelings?— Andrew Schlanser (@AndrewSchlanser) December 5, 2018
Pick your battles, PETA. There’s bigger fish to fry.— Euan Purchase ⛄️ (@euanspc) December 4, 2018
I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag, sound too pig headed, but want to address the elephant in the room, there is more than one way to skin a cat.— Mike (@mcaruso1) December 4, 2018
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