PETA Suggests Language To Offset Phrases Like 'Bring Home The Bacon' And 'Beat A Dead Horse'

The breadwinners at home should bring home the bagels, at least according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who launched a campaign Tuesday to rid folks from century-old sayings.

For example, PETA says people should no longer "bring home the bacon," "beat a dead horse," "kill two birds with one stone" or "take the bull by the horns."

PETA sent its message via Twitter, hoping to change how people use slang they refer to as "anti-animal."

"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 organization tweeted.

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. pic.twitter.com/o67EbBA7H4

— PETA (@peta) December 4, 2018

People on all sides of the spectrum began poking holes in PETA's request, some coming as easy as shooting fish in a barrel. PETA then issued another statement, 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."

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.

— PETA (@peta) December 4, 2018

PETA said in this report from The Washington Post it's merely trying to get people more open-minded when using phrases involving animals.

"This is not going to be our primary focus by any means," PETA spokeswoman Ashley Byrne said Wednesday to The Post. "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."

The announcement sparked a dog and pony show of comments on social media.

And "Feed two birds with one scone?" That scone's cooked flour and butter are going straight to a bird's digestive system.

If you really care about animals then you must know feeding scones to birds provides them with no essential nutrients whatsoever, correct? Seems like a silly thing to advocate when you're all for the animals.

— Jordan (@bintrim1) December 5, 2018

This British Bird Lovers site suggests only feeding small amounts of table scraps to birds. It says bread is ok, but not necessarily half a scone.

There are some out there believe in PETA's mission, but that the company is going a little far in pushing its agenda.

I believe in your cause and all that you do for animal rights but this has gone too far . We are becoming an overly sensitive society - lighten up

— Merilyn DeFazio (@mer_defaz) December 5, 2018

The Long Island Ducks, a minor-league baseball team, took it a step further and developed its own list of ways to avoid anti-waterfowl phrases like "dead duck," "sitting duck," "ugly duckling" and "your goose is cooked."

We saw @Peta is campaigning to change some "anti-animal" phrases.

So, we figured we'd add some bird-related terms to the mix 😂 pic.twitter.com/wDyD2Aod6K

— Long Island Ducks (@LIDucks) December 5, 2018

And does anyone seriously want to "Take the flower by the thorns?"

I grabbed the flower by the thorns. Now, I’m bleeding. You’ll be hearing from my lawyer.

— Justin Spittler (@JRSpittler) December 5, 2018