Peta prefers vege food for thought

The New Zealand Herald - - World -

Have you ever tried to feed a fed horse? Come home with a big pay cheque and thought, man, I re­ally brought home the bagels to­day? Or just taken the flower by the thorns?

Those, ac­cord­ing to Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals (Peta), are the types of id­ioms hu­mans should be us­ing in­stead of “an­tian­i­mal lan­guage” — phrases like “beat a dead horse” or “take the bull by the horns”. The high-pro­file an­i­mal rights non-profit tweeted a sim­ple chart in an ef­fort to help peo­ple “re­move speciesism from your daily con­ver­sa­tions”.

Don’t say “kill two birds with one stone”, the group ad­vised. In­stead, try “feed two birds with one scone”. Don’t “be the guinea pig”. Be the test tube.

“Words mat­ter, and as our un­der­stand­ing of so­cial jus­tice evolves, our lan­guage evolves along with it,” tweeted Peta.

Im­me­di­ately, Twit­ter users poked fun at Peta’s move.

Didn’t the group have big­ger fish to fry? many asked.

“Well, this just looks like they are try­ing to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear,” Twit­ter user Allyson Payn­ter wrote.

Replied one woman: “Kiss my . . .” with a pic­ture of a don­key. “That’s it. I’m killing an ar­madillo for no rea­son,” co­me­dian Chris D’Elia wrote.

Still oth­ers couldn’t re­sist the op­por­tu­nity to tweak com­mon an­i­mal­cen­tric id­ioms of their own. “Cu­rios­ity thrilled the cat!” wrote Jesse Hawken. Peta retweeted that one.

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