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Forget about banning ‘bring home the bacon’ — PETA has a bevy of ‘anti-animal’ phrases to avoid using
PETA is offering suggestions to replace commonplace animal-related phrases. (CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Forget about banning ‘bring home the bacon’ — PETA has a bevy of ‘anti-animal’ phrases to avoid using

'Can't swing a dead cat' anymore without bumping into an offensive phrase.

PETA is making headlines again — this time for issuing suggestions to replace commonplace animal-related phrases like the ever-offensive "Kill two birds with one stone" or, even worse, "Beat a dead horse."

Oh boy.

On Tuesday, the animal rights activist group shared a photo diagram of such suggestions.

They include:

  • Changing "Kill two birds with one stone" to "Feed two birds with one scone"
  • Changing "Be the guinea pig" to "Be the test tube"
  • Changing "Beat a dead horse" to "Feed a fed horse"
  • Changing "Bring home the bacon" to "Bring home the bagels"
  • Changing "Take the bull by the horns" to "Take the flower by the thorns"

The organization captioned its helpful chart with "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 tweet added.


"Speciesism," if you're wondering, is the human notion that humans are superior to animals.

According to Britannica.com, "The term 'speciesism' was introduced by the English philosopher Richard Ryder in the 1970s and subsequently popularized by the Australian philosopher Peter Singer. Ryder, Singer, and other opponents of speciesism have claimed that it is exactly analogous to racism, sexism, and other forms of irrational discrimination and prejudice."

Thanks for clearing that up

The organization expounded on their directives even further, and suggested that such phrases are quite similar to using hate speech.

In a follow-up tweet, PETA wrote, "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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