PETA says phrases like ‘bring home the bacon’ comparable to racism, homophobia

PETA is calling for everyday language to

PETA is calling for everyday language to"evolve away from anti-animal phrasing

PETA's Emily Rice told The West Australian the new suggestions would remove "speciesism" from conversations.

The activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has a bone to pick with phrases it says are anti-animal. The tweet, which has been shared nearly 10,000 times in 24 hours, includes the caption, "Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it".

A tweet from PETA on the issue has sparked debate online, with the organization stating that our language should evolve along with our understanding of social justice.

Instead of: "Kill two birds with one stone". Instead of "bring home the bacon", try "bring home the bagels".

Instead of: "Beat a dead horse. Those phrases should be replaced with "be the test tube", feed a fed horse" and "take the flower by the thorns", the organization says.

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PETA responded to the criticism Wednesday, asking the "haters" to "lighten up" and for more suggestions on anti-speciesist language.

"Comparing animal phrases to the struggles of people of color and the LGBTQ is the most PETA thing I've ever seen", wrote one woman on Twitter.

And of course, Twitter users had plenty of their own opinions.

And if those phrases end up being both clever and humane - both fun and non-violent - then perhaps, as the popular idiom goes, they may truly be the best of both worlds.

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