PETA has asked people to stop using “speciesism” in conversation and suggested alternatives to common phrases using “anti-animal language.”
“Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it,” read a tweet sent by PETA Tuesday. “Here’s how to remove speciesism from your daily conversations.”
Instead of using an idiom like “beat a dead horse,” the organization suggested using “feed a fed horse.”
PETA compared “anti-animal” phrases to racist, homophobic and ableist language in a second tweet.
The organization also claimed that the phrases “trivialize cruelty to animals” and that no longer using them would make more people “appreciate animals for who they are.”