You know PETA, right? It is an organization that proposes to fight for the rights of animals. In theory, their mission is noble, and no one in their right mind would disagree with it – but recently, PETA has been at the center of an alarming amount of controversy.
PETA has been criticized before for euthanizing most of the animals the organization takes in at its shelters. They have compared the treatment of animals to that of Jews during the Holocaust. And while their latest gaffe is maybe not as blatantly disrespectful, it is if you think about it for half a second more. They recently took to Twitter to urge people to stop using "anti-animal phrases," and Twitter had some feelings about this– some very strong feelings.
The week was already shaping up to be an insane one in terms of news when PETA dropped this tweet on us on Tuesday:
Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Here’s how to… https://t.co/X893u2zPhH— PETA (@PETA)1543958601.0
It's hard to imagine that it gets worse than "feed a fed horse," but oh boy does it:
Just as it became unacceptable to use racist, homophobic, or ableist language, phrases that trivialize cruelty to a… https://t.co/SSWGW1xnuo— PETA (@PETA)1543958638.0
The response to PETA's new chart was swift:People definitely got a kick out of it but nearly everyone agreed that it was pretty much a joke. Definitely not something to take seriously.
"Absolutely absurd"Yeah, this was pretty much the prevailing sentiment. PETA had to realize that this all sounded ridiculous, right?
There's no way this is real. https://t.co/7hq3WU89Ke— Mhairi Hunter (@Mhairi Hunter)1544039659.0
@peta This is satirical, right?— David Urquhart (@David Urquhart)1544035863.0
It's a no from me.
@peta https://t.co/Asy34kyYwF— Calum Jones (@Calum Jones)1544033533.0
So you've decided to tweet this.
@peta https://t.co/HTFB1wS29h— Cody (@Cody)1544034845.0
@peta Do you expect us to quit cold turkey? #PeopleEatingTastyAnimals— Raymond Blair (@Raymond Blair)1544034292.0
Bigger fish to fryThis is one of those Twitter responses that makes me kiss my hand like an Italian chef. It's perfect. Delicious, like fried fish.
PETA's adviceIt's safe to say that this is a joke, but it does point out an essential problem with PETA's suggestions for these supposedly "pro-animal" phrases.
Animals don't care
@peta You know animals literally do not know about these sayings, right?— amanda weber (@amanda weber)1544035331.0
"A bit much"
@peta I'm a vegan and this is a bit much 😂— мσяgαη 🌱 (@мσяgαη 🌱)1544033219.0
@peta @Marcotti I don’t eat meat, I care for my own animals & all the beasties in my wildlife friendly garden. I’ve… https://t.co/U3wIrVLHBy— Candace (@Candace)1544038631.0
Bring home the bagels
BRING HOME THE BAGELS BRING HOME THE BAGELS https://t.co/99AhNIs7a8— Catherine Silverman (@Catherine Silverman)1543967115.0
ConflationOn a more serious note, this isn't the first time that PETA has claimed that treating animals poorly is akin to racism and homophobia, and that has to stop.
PETA introduced me to the term “speciesism” today which 1) is not a thing and 2) diminishes the legitimacy of racis… https://t.co/zj6gNxRq5t— Joey (@Joey)1543975320.0
Hi, @peta. As someone who has had homophobic slurs shouted at him and seen individuals physically threatened and be… https://t.co/L9rwmoztXq— Anthony Michael Kreis (@Anthony Michael Kreis)1543969030.0
I like the idea of avoiding violent language towards animals... But this is so ridiculous that I am pretty sure PET… https://t.co/Wc8gkIkRt7— the protagonist (@the protagonist)1543975685.0
@peta That last one was anti-plant language do they not breath as well we’re evolving right RIGHT https://t.co/8BuYgQPNC9— Worzene (@Worzene)1543972421.0
Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater!
even people who have accidentally thrown their babies out with the bathwater haven’t put in a request to change old… https://t.co/Iky0ndsXQS— Morgan Murphy (@Morgan Murphy)1544034116.0
Love or hateSorry to say this, PETA, but I have never seen so many responses to a tweet that like, "Man, now I really want a burger." It's having the opposite effect.
Everything is wrong
Scones are bad for birds Human experiments are wrong Feeding an already fed horse is overfeeding and animal abuse T… https://t.co/LOOW1iStcx— Beckie Kathleen 🏳️🌈 (@Beckie Kathleen 🏳️🌈)1544021684.0
Do you ever wonder if PETA is a false flag set up by Big Meat to make everyone hate vegans https://t.co/ImnqNBk9BB— Bethany (@Bethany)1543996468.0
https://t.co/vSqfJxByZA— Robin Zlotnick (@Robin Zlotnick)1543969316.0
The proof is in the burger:
I’ve never wanted a burger so bad. https://t.co/pD19JDfoXO— TommyJoe Ratliff🇺🇸 (@TommyJoe Ratliff🇺🇸)1544039471.0
Jumping the shark
@peta You're really jumping the shark with this one, PETA.— Jeremy C. Owens (@Jeremy C. Owens)1544033397.0
This is the stupidest thing I’ve seen all week. It actually makes me angry how stupid this is https://t.co/1PxRgpSsdy— Ben (@Ben)1544039666.0
And yet, after all the hate, PETA still doubled down:
To the haters: with so much negativity in the world, why not lighten up and use language in a way that encourages b… https://t.co/cajLSdRQDi— PETA (@PETA)1544022990.0