We don’t like to beat a dead horse here at Bored Panda, but PETA has opened a can of worms and gotten on people’s goat again, by being pig-headed. Taking aim at popular animal-based idioms like these, the animal rights organization hopes that ‘anti-animal language’ or ‘Speciesism’ will one day be put in the same bracket as things like racism or homophobia, and vanish from everyday use.

Handily, somebody from PETA even went as far as suggesting alternatives to the phrases that they feel “trivialize cruelty to animals” so instead of ‘bringing home the bacon,’ we’ll all be ‘bringing home the bagels’ instead.

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While they undoubtedly mean well, people have reacted with a mixture of astonishment and anger, as those who have really suffered because of their race or sexuality bridle at the comparison. How does racial abuse equate to the throwaway use of archaic sayings? It really doesn’t, and people were quick to point out all the problems with the initiative. The resulting backlash has made PETA look rather silly and has left them as, once again, the elephant in the room. It’s a dog eat dog world out there folks!

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