PETA urges people to stop using ‘anti-animal language’

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Animals don't read English and so have no idea of the awful hatred that it is encouraging: the rise of two-bird, one-stone killer gangs in Europe, increased incidents of innocent bull-horn grabbing in India and incessant flogging of dead horses in the Gobi desert.

The tweet led to outrage online, with Hannah Else believes that changing idioms is not the solution.

"I'm going to die laughing" is probably not the reaction PETA was seeking with its latest initiative supporting animal rights, this one demanding people abandon commonly used phrases with "anti-animal language".

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The animal rights group, which stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is campaigning for people to remove "anti-animal" idioms such as "bring home the bacon" from their everyday language.

"Any chance you had of getting my respect is gone @peta", one Twitter user wrote.

PETA has been heavily criticised for comparing "speciesism" to racism, homophobia and ableism. With animal cruelty taking on so many barbaric forms in so many places, people prefer to see affirmative action rather than be told what metaphors are offensive. The Root called it the "whitest tweet ever."

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It's grid of "anti-animal language" has been been shared thousands of times.

There has also, however, been a flood of tweets from social media users sympathetic to PETA's cause. Animals are important. But the n-word or any other pejorative that describes historically disenfranchised people has a historical context.

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