Peta prefers vege food for thought
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.