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

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Meat-based idioms, like “beating a dead horse” or “taking the bull by the horns,” can be compared with homophobic and racist language, according to animal rights organization PETA.

“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.

The group took to Twitter Tuesday, offering a graphic showing some possible alternatives to meat-related expressions.

Instead of “kill two birds with one stone” say “feed two birds with one scone,” and instead of “being the guinea pig,” say “be the test tube,” PETA said.

“Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it,” it added.

The comparison with racism and homophobia was met with anger on Twitter, with some arguing that PETA was trivializing race and gender issues.

Others said the animal rights organization was giving vegetarians and vegans a bad name.

PETA’s tweet comes after a UK-based academic argued last month that an increased awareness of vegan issues may lead to new modes of expression.

“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.”

The legal system is already getting to grips with the subject. It was announced this week that a British employment tribunal will decide whether ethical veganism is a “philosophical belief” that should be afforded the same protections as religion.


  • Heather Moore (@HMOORE123)

    Many of our phrases are just cruel and off-putting. Who would even think of “killing two birds with one stone?” It is time for our language to evolve. Society no longer accepts terms that are offensive and disrespectful to our fellow humans, no matter what their race, culture, or sexual orientation, so why not choose words or phrases that don’t involve animal abuse or exploitation?

    • beekeeper

      Who would even think of “killing two birds with one stone?” People who eat birds, and kill them with stones, that’s who. Humans, by nature, are hunter-gatherers.

      • straubdavid9

        Everyone knows that paleo people got their nutrition through osmosis …… eating plant or animal matter is a 21st century thing started by mean humanoids and cats.

    • straubdavid9

      It’s hard to believe that anyone has a deep attachment to controlling what other people say. Leave it alone and it will probably go away on it’s own. There are many adages etc that have long since been abandoned. We don’t need one more aspect of our lives mandated ……. get a life already!

  • Kim Marie

    Using inclusive, kind language is good for everyone, so it’s good to let go of saying that aren’t respectful to others, regardless of species.

    • straubdavid9

      I doubt that my dog (Max) gives a rat’s azz, but you’re welcome to leave a comment on here and see if he responds to your over-reactive sputterings ~8^)

  • Allison Marie

    I support these new phrases and appreciate that they are rooted in compassion rather than hate. This world could use more kindness!

  • gwardude

    I learned from Half Baked that continuing to feed a fed horse results in death for the horse. My oh my, PETA is advocating killing horses. Oh and since PETA wants everyone to “confront the realities of food’s origins” I’d like to throw this out there; when you bring home bacon, one pig died for it. When you bring home bagels, hundreds of small animals and rodents got tore apart in the combine that harvests your wheat so you can have your ‘meat free’ food. But I guess PETA only confronts the realities that are convenient for them to confront, hypocrites.

  • whatever831

    Stfu already PETA. Ya’ll seriously have too much time on your hands to sit and think of these things 😩🙄 You’re a cult. Now excuse me. I’m Probably (gonna) Eat Them Animals.

  • kalilee2016

    I am a flower and I find the last phrase “take the flower by the thorns” to be offensive! Tired of living in a world where everyone is offended by something. Grow up people and find something useful to do with your lives!

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