Animal rights organisation PETA has urged people to move away from ‘anti-animal’ language such as "taking the bull by the horns".
In a post on Twitter, the group suggested alternatives for popular idioms involving animals.
Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Here’s how to remove speciesism from your daily conversations. pic.twitter.com/o67EbBA7H4— PETA (@peta) December 4, 2018
Followers were urged to tweet their own ideas for ‘anti-speciesist’ language.
Many of the responses were somewhat tongue in cheek.
Can we still let the cat out of the bag, or should we just keep him in there??— Matt VanderLeek (@MattInstaller) December 5, 2018
Just hold your horses...I was watching this like a hawk, and I think I've read the lion's share of the responses. This really gets my goat, though. You seem to be mad as a March hare! I'm not being pig-headed, nor going to the dogs, but I think I'm quitting this post cold turkey.— JustMolly (@MollyJane7466) December 5, 2018
However, among the negative responses, there were some people who agreed with the sentiment.
Honestly never really realized it before but given how much we've been adjusting our speech to accompany changes in human behavior, the "woke" movement paying no attention to animals is a bit shameful. That being said ty for the list!— Drew 🕹 (@birdkeeperdrew) December 5, 2018