Is there no stone PETA will not upturn? The animal liberation group has sought to insert itself in virtually every aspect of modern life. The list is seemingly endless: demanding the White House provide vegan candy for the Easter Egg Roll; calling fishermen “hookers;” the creepy concern about male babies’ privates being affected by their pregnant moms eating chicken; to demanding villages and streets be renamed.
Now, the loony group is demanding the removal of time-worn phrases it claims are anti-animal. They even provide alternatives for a kinder, gentler speech.
Instead of “killing two birds with one stone,” we should “feed two birds with one scone.” And we should no longer “bring home the bacon,” but rather, “bring home the bagels.”
The “speech-police” campaign has brought a few snickers, and a plethora of catty comments to be sure. A HuffPost article provides more phrases that PETA suggest be ditched, along with several comments indicating exactly how HuffPost readers feel about the attempt to reshape well-regarded idioms.
PETA doubles down on its website saying, “Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. 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.”
So, rather than “beat a dead horse,” or as PETA would have it said, “feed a fed horse,” suffice it to say that PETA’s posing as the speech police has been met with, “that dog don’t hunt.”