People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) say words matter and they'd like phrases like "bringing home the bacon" and "flogging a dead horse" to be changed. PETA says those phrases are akin to homophobic and racist language.
"Just as it became unacceptable to use racist, homophobic, or ableist language, phrases that trivialize cruelty to animals will vanish as more people begin to appreciate animals for who they are and start 'bringing home the bagels' instead of the bacon," PETA said on Twitter.
Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Here’s how to remove speciesism from your daily conversations. pic.twitter.com/o67EbBA7H4
— PETA: Bringing Home the Bagels Since 1980 (@peta) December 4, 2018
Not surprisingly, people on Twitter were not happy with the comparisons to homophobia and racism, with some saying PETA is trivializing race and gender issues. Others said the animal rights organization was giving vegetarians and vegans a bad name.
"Metaphors involving meat could gain an increased intensity if the killing of animals for food becomes less socially acceptable," Shareena Z. Hamzah of Swansea University wrote in the Conversation.
"If veganism forces us to confront the realities of food's origins, then this increased awareness will undoubtedly be reflected in our language and our literature."