Twitter users respond to the idea of “Anti-Animal Language”

PETA’s (People of Ethical Treatment of Animals) recently released guide on animal-sensitive language asks people to refrain from using anti-animal phrases. They justify that using such phrases like “beat a dead horse” or be the guinea pig” trivializes acts of animal cruelty.

Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves with it. Just as it would be…

Posted by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Although animal safety and protection has always been an advocacy for us, PETA’s new cause is still a bit vague as to how it relates to their ultimate goal. But I suppose we could all be a little kinder to animals, in whatever form that takes. While their intent was admirable, it didn’t stop us from having a laugh or two at the different reactions which followed online.

A number of people applied the logic of PETA to different areas: books, fruits, and whatnot.

Someone wittily proposed how this sensitivity should extend to existing book titles like “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

Then we have this tongue-in-cheek reaction:

And these different news sites straight up baiting PETA with photos of juicy bacon and eggs:

Best of all is this simple logic that once again shows how the best intentions are not always met with equally good execution:

I personally cannot stop laughing at “curiosity thrilled the cat.” Can you think of any creative re-writes? 






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