MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —  They’re tried-and-true elements of the American language, but now, the animal rights group PETA wants you to stop using common phrases like “bring home the bacon” and “kill two birds with one stone” — suggesting that these idioms carry harmful messages.

In a post on Tuesday, PETA tweeted, “words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it.”

The animal rights group then provided followers with alternative variations of common phrases “to remove speciesism from your daily conversation.”

For example, in lieu of “kill two birds with one stone,” how about saying “feed two birds with one scone”? Or instead of “beat a dead horse,” try “feed a fed horse.”

PETA doubled down on their message by adding one of their alternative phrases, “bring home the bagels” to their Twitter bio.

And while some of PETA’s supporters got on board with the campaign by sharing their own “anti-speciesist phrases,” others wasted no time in voicing their disapproval.

For more reactions on PETA’s campaign click here.

Comments (5)
  1. Carlyn Jones says:

    why are people taking those statements so serious like there just saying ….if you have an issue with what the statement says then make your own saying and maybe just maybe it will start to catch js

  2. Allison Marie says:

    I support these new phrases and appreciate that they are rooted in compassion rather than hate. This world could use more kindness!

  3. Kim Marie says:

    I’m all for kind language. Our worlds should be inclusive and nonviolent.

  4. Paula Renee says:

    Research has shown that language shapes the way we think and behave. Rejecting archaic expressions that are unkind to animals doesn’t seem like such a hardship—and it will help foster compassion.

  5. Many of our phrases are just cruel and off-putting. Who would even think of “killing two birds with one stone?” It is time for our language to evolve. Society no longer accepts terms that are offensive and disrespectful to our fellow humans, no matter what their race, culture, or sexual orientation, so why not choose words or phrases that don’t involve animal abuse or exploitation?