PETA asks people to stop using "anti-animal" language

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PETA asks people to stop using "anti-animal" language

(KNOE) - PETA has caused a stir after asking people to stop using popular idioms they say are offensive to animals. They're also getting backlash on suggested new idioms that sound similar to the "offensive" idioms.

Among the suggestions: replacing the phrase "kill two birds with one stone" with "feed two birds with one scone" and replacing "beat a dead horse" with "feed a fed horse."

PETA likens the phrases to racist or homophobic language, saying, "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."

The backlash came hard and fast. Twitter users replied with tweets saying PETA was trivializing actual racist, homophobic, and sexist language and even jeopardizing actual animal welfare.

"No one will take animal welfare seriously if you keep coming up with silly things like this. You're doing more harm than good," one user said.

"If you 'feed a fed horse' isn't that overfeeding which could be considered a form of abuse?" another user said.

"I'm a bird enthusiast/owner, and am quite offended by this tweet. Sugar is INCREDIBLY bad for birds. If you feed a bird a scone, you're going to give them severe intestinal problems and possibly kill them," user @MacLethal said.

Other users replied by simply posting pictures of cooked meat. View the thread on Twitter here.

PETA defended itself, tweeting:

"To the haters: with so much negativity in the world, why not lighten up and use language in a way that encourages being kind to animals?"

They also offered up another new phrase: curiosity thrilled the cat - which seems to mean the opposite of the phrase it is intended to replace.