Editor’s Notes: Beating a Dead Horse

PETA Comes Up With Politically Correct Animal Phrases









No matter how you feel about People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), you have to admit that once in a while they carry things just a little too far.  In the past they’ve staged everything from human barbecues and comparing the American Kennel Club to the KKK, to caging people like animals and drawing comparisons between and the Holocaust and meat preparation.  At one point PETA even suggested that the word fish be changed to sea kittens in order to transform the public’s perception of the fishing industry.  Admittedly, these stunts have garnered them plenty of attention, and I guess they feel that any publicity is good publicity.

Apparently, PETA has now decided that in addition to people being aware of the mistreatment of animals, they should also be bound by political correctness when speaking of these critters as well.  Their TV ad advocating speciesism was submitted for broadcast during this year’s 2020 Super Bowl.  The NFL and Fox rejected the ad as pushing things a little too far.  It’s available on YouTube® if you care to watch.

This speciesism push shifted into high gear in December 2018, when PETA tweeted that certain phases should be changed to the following politically correct versions of these animal-based metaphor phases:

  • Current: “Kill two birds with one stone.”

PETA Version: “Feed two birds with one stone.”


  • Current: “Be the guinea pig.”

PETA Version: “Be the test tube.”


  • Current: “Beat a dead horse.”

PETA Version: “Feed a dead horse.”


  • Current: “Bring home the bacon.”

PETA Version: “Bring home the bagels.”


  • Current: “Take the bull by the horns.”

PETA Version: “Take the flower by the thorns.”


PETA stated that this action would help us all to remove speciesism from our daily conversations.  Well, I’m sure the animals feel much better now, and I want to thank PETA for telling me what I’m allowed to say.  I didn’t even know there was such a term as speciesism, but I guess you can have any kind of ism you want.  I assume that now any living thing can be a victim.  Remember, victimization is not just for people anymore.

Maybe I should address the elephant in the room.  I don’t want to sound pig-headed, but I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when this conversation took place.  I wonder who was the snake in the grass that came up with this idea in the first place.  Of course, there’s more than one way to skin a cat.  Perhaps PETA should remember that there’s bigger fish to fry, but then that would be letting the cat out of the bag.

Following their tweet, comedians had a field day and Twitter users lambasted PETA.  They took the organization to task for not only having too much time and money on their hands, but also noting that the PETA versions of the metaphorical phrases no longer made sense.  It seems that you can’t swing a dead cat around here anymore without offending PETA.




Marc Dodson