We have discussed curious Humans’ Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaigns attempting to change the phrase “bring the bacon home” to “bring the bagels home”. Now the animal rights group appears to be using the movement to restrict and regulate language by declaring the use of animals “supremacist” and “speciesist”. Hence, it calls for the end of the use of pigs, chickens, pigs, rats, snakes and other terms as derogatory terms to “stand up for justice by rejecting supremacist language”.
PETA tweeted, “Calling someone an animal as an insult reinforces the myth that humans are superior to other animals and have the right to harm them.” The group further noted that “Pigs are … intelligent, have complex social lives, and show empathy for other pigs in need,” they wrote. “Snakes are smart, have family relationships, and prefer to connect with their relatives.”
As a passionate animal lover and backpacker, I have long criticized PETA’s radicalization, which has become a caricature in itself. Many of us support animal rights, but don’t believe we can support PETA under its current leadership and often self-destructive agenda.
The overwhelming ridicule sparked a backlash from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, who told The Post: “The layoffs are a reflection of the times we want to leave behind, and after the ridicule comes discussion and then acceptance. . . IIt shouldn’t be controversial to claim that the Words we use have the power to create a more inclusive world or maintain oppression, and PETA is simply asking everyone to do so think before they speak – or type. “
PETA also argued in a follow-up tweet further denouncing the “speciesist” language.
It’s ironic that Newkirk is campaigning for everyone to “think before they speak – or type,” and that’s exactly what encouraged some of us PETA to think about it. Under Newkirk, PETA has the most extreme element of the animal rights movement “all in”. As a result, it lost the ability to speak for the vast majority of us who advocate stricter animal rights laws and policies.
It is certainly true that pigs are smart and snakes have a family relationship. Most of the people who say you shouldn’t be a pig aren’t real pig haters or discriminators. They relate to the high consumption of practically all feed by pigs as well as to the conditions of the ordinary pigsty or pig trough. The reference to snakes is often due to the fact that they are stealthy and stealthy in their movements. I assume that if these animals could speak, they would tell their offspring not to be as loud, wasteful, or clumsy as a human.
The only accomplishment of this campaign is to add the derogatory note of being “as clueless as PETA”.