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Speciesism is the new racism: PETA urges the public to stop using “speciesist” phrases like “bring home the bacon.”

PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is urging the public to stop using “speciesist” phrases like, “bring home the bacon,” because they trivialize animal cruelty. “Words matter,” Peta said on Twitter yesterday. “And as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Here’s how to remove speciesism from your…


PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is urging the public to stop using “speciesist” phrases like, “bring home the bacon,” because they trivialize animal cruelty.

“Words matter,” Peta said on Twitter yesterday. “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 animal rights group went on to highlight some every-day “anti-animal language” and offered a list of acceptable alternatives. Examples include swapping the phrase, “be the guinea pig” with “be the test tube,” and replacing “beat a dead horse” with “feed a fed horse.”

The group went on to say, “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.”

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