People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants humans to stop using animal words as “slurs” in what it says is a “speciesist” and “supremacist” use of language.
The activist group put out the unusual call on its Twitter account Tuesday, where it claimed that animal-related insults “degrade animals by applying negative human traits to certain species.”
PETA also offered a list of alternative words to use for insults such as “chicken,” “rat” and “pig.”
The suggestions triggered a flurry of angry responses on Twitter, where people were not
chicken cowardly about sharing their opinions.
“I half wonder if PETA secretly hates animals, and this is a clever plan to make animal protection groups look stupid,” one user wrote, in a tweet that received more than 800 likes.
Rapper Zuby responded by filling a tweet with laughter. He wasn’t
slothful lazy about it either, as he appeared to type out “HAHAHA” and “LOL” several times.
“Six years vegan,” one woman wrote. “Please stop making us look ridiculous.”
“Animals aren’t oppressed by those words because they don’t understand our language,” another user wrote in a popular reply. She added that animals “have no concept of words and their meaning.”
Someone must have
ratted snitched on that tweet, because PETA replied by suggesting that it’s about “equality and justice.”
“It isn’t hard to see how calling someone an animal as an insult can further animal suffering,” PETA tweeted. “All the horror inflicted upon animals is rooted in the false idea that they are less than us and not deserving of respect.”
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