(CNN) – Idioms that use meat or animals as an example, like "killing two birds with one stone" or "grabbing the bull by the horns", can be compared to a homophobic and racist language, according to the organization that defends human rights . animal rights, PETA.
"Just as it has become unacceptable to use a racist, homophobic or discriminating language, the phrases that trivialize cruelty to animals will disappear as more and more people begin to appreciate animals for what they are and begin to" carry donuts ". pancetta, "PETA said on Twitter.
On Tuesday, the group offered a chart on Twitter showing possible alternatives to idioms related to animals or meat.
Instead of "Kill two birds with one stone" can be used "feed two birds with a sandwich"and instead of "being the guinea pig", you can say "be the tube", PETA said.
"Words count, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves with it," he added.
The confrontation with racism and homophobia was met with annoyance on Twitter, where some claimed that PETA was trivializing gender and race issues.
"It's a statement strong enough to say that it's not cruel to animals, I'm not saying people are more important than animals, but it seems like you say some people are the same as animals, and that's what people say. racists, homophobes and discriminators ", wrote a user
Others said that the organization was making veggies and vegans bad.
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"Have you ever wondered if PETA is a farce created by the meat industry to make all of us hate vegans?", Wrote a user.
PETA's tweet comes after an academic in the UK said last month that greater awareness of vegan issues could lead to new modes of expression.
"Meat-related metaphors can increase in intensity if the slaughter of animals for food becomes less socially acceptable," wrote Shareena Z. Hamzah, of Swansea University, in The Conversation.
"If veganism forces us to confront the reality of the origins of food, then this greater awareness will undoubtedly be reflected in our language and literature".
The legal system has already addressed the problem. This week it was announced that a British labor court will decide whether ethical veganism is a "philosophical belief" that should receive the same protection as a religion.