Just paws for thought!

Llanelli Star - - Letters - You can fol­low Phil Evans on Twit­ter @phil­e­van­swales or visit www.phil­e­vans.co.uk

AS we’re ap­proach­ing De­cem­ber 25, I thought I’d “talk turkey”.

But I “chick­ened out” . . . in case it in­curred the wrath of the Peo­ple For The Eth­i­cal Treat­ment Of Animals – bet­ter known as Peta.

Re­cently these “ve­g­an­ge­lists” pressed the in­hab­i­tants of the Dorset vil­lage of Wool to change the name of the place to “Ve­gan Wool” to “pro­mote kind­ness to sheep”!

Had Peta done some re­search be­fore mak­ing them­selves look silly, they’d have dis­cov­ered “wool” is an olde English vari­a­tion of “well”, and has noth­ing to do with sheep.

Un­able to keep their paws (can I say that?) off our lan­guage, Peta now want to re­move many long-estab­lished ev­ery­day phrases and say­ings which, they say, “per­pet­u­ate vi­o­lence against animals”. Re­ally? Gen­er­a­tions of peo­ple have said: “There’s more than one way to skin a cat,” and: “You’re flog­ging a dead horse,” with­out caus­ing stress to any hy­per-sen­si­tive mem­bers of the an­i­mal king­dom who hap­pen to be within earshot. I loathe cru­elty to animals. I’ve been all over the world (and Prestatyn!) and I’ve never once en­coun­tered any­one re­mov­ing a fe­line’s fur coat or tak­ing a rolled-up copy of Horse and Hound to a de­ceased Dob­bin.

Soon, Peta will start ac­cus­ing any­one who says: “I’ve let the cat out of the bag” of a hate crime . . . even though putting a cat into a bag is much more cruel. Espe­cially if you’re tak­ing a Tom cat to the vets to be snipped. “Help­fully”, Peta have come up with al­ter­na­tive phrases, which they’d pre­fer us to use. But those of us with com­mon sense must refuse to use their daft new say­ings. They in­clude: “You can’t feed a fed horse” (!) and “There’s more than one way to peel a po­tato”. Where will their in­fu­ri­at­ing in­ter­fer­ing end?

Lau­rel and Hardy brought joy and laugh­ter into the world, while Peta seem de­ter­mined to ex­tin­guish it.

If they ever try to ban Stan and Ol­lie’s clas­sic com­edy Way Out West (which con­tains the line “You can take a horse to wa­ter . . . but a pen­cil must be lead”) that’ll def­i­nitely put the cat among the pigeons!


Pic­ture: Is­abel In­fantes/PA

Peta ac­tivists demon­strate at the start of a Spring/Sum­mer Lon­don Fash­ion Week event.

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