What is speciesism? PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) defines it as discrimination against animals. Recently, PETA made a statement about correct political language when talking about animals. The response from the world was controversial.
Their post reads:
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.
The internet had a lot to say about this particular tweet. But they had even more to say about the idioms PETA condemned as inappropriate. The photo below says it all.
The internet went crazy! People could not believe PETA was being serious. So people began to tweet more animal idioms. One man by the name of Rhys Saysell tweets,
“Surely you have bigger fish to fry than this?”
Another man by the name of Ira, takes the topic a bit more seriously saying,
“PETA is always conflating their work with the struggles of black people, queer people, and other people of color I’m so glad I just had steak for lunch.”
PETA has more to say.
Ashley Byrne, a spokeswoman for PETA tells the Washington Post:
This is not going to be our primary focus by any means. But, you know, if having this conversation makes people start to think about why PETA might not love a phrase like ‘bring home the bacon’ — and that would be because the pigs are leading miserable lives before they become bacon — then great.
She adds, “Our compassion does not need to be limited. Teaching people to be kind to animals only helps in terms of encouraging them to be practice kindness in general. As we become more educated about animals, as people are learning more about how intelligent and sensitive that animals are. … I think most people are accepting that the way we treat animals absolutely is a social justice issue.”