PETA – “Expressions like ‘beat a dead horse’ can normalize animal abuse”

PETA - "Bring home the bagels, not bacon"

According to PETA, some of the English-language idioms and metaphors “perpetuate violence toward animals” and should be replaced with more vegan-friendly phrases.


Dr. Shareena Hamzah of Swansea University claims that our society has adopted the meat-based food metaphors through “dominant power structures” and “patriarchal mindset of the early 20thcentury” associated with meat consumption.


“Its [meat consumption] absence from the plate indicating disadvantaged groups, such as women and the poor,” says Dr. Hamzah in her article on academic website The Conversation, “To control the supply of meat was to control the people.”


Dr. Hamzah believes that some expressions need to be replaced with more animal-friendly alternatives.


“The image of ‘killing two birds with one stone’ is, if anything, made more powerful by the animal-friendly alternative of ‘feeding two birds with one scone.’”


PETA, an American animal rights organization, stands in solidarity with Dr. Hamzah’s movement in removal of certain everyday English-language expressions.


PETA claims that replacing “common phrases that perpetuate violence toward animals” with animal-friendly language will “help end the epidemic of youth violence toward animals.”


Dr. Hamzah and PETA suggest that we replace expressions such as “hold your horses” and “bring home the bacon” with alternative phrases such as “hold the phone” and “bring home the bagels.”



List of animal-friendly idioms by PETA


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