PETA Says “Anti-Animal” Language Is Like Homophobia

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“PETA should have several seats,” sassy news anchor Don Lemon said on CNN news last night after the animal rights groups tweeted that using anti-animal language is equivalent to racism, ableism, and homophobia.

The animal activist organization claimed that using idioms such as “beat a dead horse” trivializes cruelty toward animals and is a form of “speciesism.” Instead, we should use animal-friendly adaptations, such as “feed a fed horse.”

PETA’s tweets spawned a backlash from queers and people of color, who were quick to note that first and foremost, animals don’t understand human language, and thus, cannot be offended. Second, that systemic violence against people of color, queer communities, and the differently abled are far worse than saying something like, “Take the bull by the horns.” Conflating the two trivializes the plight of marginalized groups who experience discrimination and threats of violence on a daily basis.

We’re now over here waiting for PETA to tell gay bears, otters, and pups they’re culturally appropriating the four-legged community.

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