People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) demanded yesterday that “anti-animal” phrases like “bring home the bacon” should no longer be used.
In a post put out on social media, PeTA argued that “as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves with it”:
Just as it would be 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.
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
They were immediately subject to ridicule, with some people pointing out their new phrases could still be construed as “problematic”, and others simply mocking them:
Hi PETA! Did you know that white bread doesn't provide birds with the protein and fat they need, but fills their stomachs so they don't eat healthy food? This causes their wings to be underdeveloped and makes them vulnerable to get killed by predators and harsh climates.— Anna Hughes (@AnnaGHughes) December 5, 2018
PETA is taking this a little far. pic.twitter.com/9mH0V3mv2j— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) December 5, 2018
me: maybe they'll actually say something intelligent this time— gracie hoos (@cottoncandaddy) December 5, 2018
peta: saying "bring home the bacon" is the same as racism and homophobia
How about we bring home PETA and beat them?— Jimmy's Famous Seafood (@JimmysSeafood) December 4, 2018
hey Peta, you know this doesnt actually happen right? pic.twitter.com/YqPyGS0Puo— Esa Loca (@Fr0zenInFear) December 5, 2018
This is not the first time the organisation has been called out for ridiculous demands – in the past, they have claimed cows milk can cause autism, compared dog shows to the KKK, and attacked Nintendo for allowing Mario to wear a tanooki suit to fly in a video game.