PETA Compares 'Anti-Animal' Phrases to Racism and Homophobia, Gets Severely Trolled
Looks like PETA ended up 'feeding a fed horse'.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) started a war of words on Tuesday after it declared on Twitter that certain animal-based idioms such as 'beating a dead horse' or 'catching a bull by the horns' are akin to homophobia and racism.

The animal rights group instead suggested replacing these terms with neutral statements that do not promote cruelty toward animals. For example, instead of saying 'flogging/beating a dead horse', PETA suggested we use the term "feeding the fed horse" and replace 'catching a bull by the horns' with 'catching a flower by the thorns.

These aren't the only innovative replacements. Instead of 'bring home the bacon', PETA suggested 'bring home the bagel'. Just killed two birds with one stone? If PETA had its way, you would just have 'fed two birds with one scone'.

In the adjoining post, the organisation stated that words mattered. "As our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it." Calling it 'speciesm', PETA went on to outline that these phrases that directly promoted cruelty toward certain species of animals were the same as phrases and language that targeted race and gender and special needs.

"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..." it added.

The post, however, has elicited a number of reactions on social media, many of which started raining 'cats and dogs', if we may, with memes and further suggestions.

Raising awareness and teaching us new phrases? thats killing two birds with one stone right there.

— Tryzick (@Tryzick) December 5, 2018

Pick your battles, PETA. There’s bigger fish to fry.

— Euan Purchase ⛄️ (@euanspc) December 4, 2018

Hey peta! You forgot to let the weather know it has to stop raining cats and dogs.

Never mind, I suggest we say, bats and frogs. No, no, no, wait, how aboot........ hats and clogs. We are in the digital age so, chats and blogs. Yup it's settled, chats and blogs.

— Matt S. Tselee (Scott Steele) (@s_tselee) December 6, 2018

No. Do not tell people how to speak.

— Brenda (@brendaLKK) December 6, 2018

I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag, sound too pig headed, but want to address the elephant in the room, there is more than one way to skin a cat.

— Mike (@mcaruso1) December 4, 2018

Look PETA, there’s more than one way to pet a cat.

— Nick Wing (@nickpwing) December 4, 2018

We should also address the 800-pound gorilla in the room who is the perfect weight because we don’t body shame here.

— Nick Wing (@nickpwing) December 4, 2018

— Will Cullinane (@SwindonCull97) December 6, 2018

— Nick Peppard (@nick_peppard) December 6, 2018

So I’m supposed to grab a flower by the thorns? What about my fingers? Or what about the flowers feelings?

— Andrew Schlanser (@AndrewSchlanser) December 5, 2018

I have to talk a little bit about the elephant in the room. I don't want to make a mountain out of a mole hill but I'm busy as a bee today. I feel like a fish out of water. Like I found a fly in the ointment.

— Mark Burkhalter (@daquestionmark) December 6, 2018

Can't wait to get home and drink like a fish until I'm happy as a clam. And tomorrow, have a bit of the hair of the dog that bit me.

— Mark Burkhalter (@daquestionmark) December 6, 2018

Animals aren't offended by human language. I'm vegan and this is pointless.

— ScarsUnseen (@ScarsUnseen24) December 6, 2018

— Joe Pransky (@JoePransky) December 6, 2018