As such, they've done considerably more social and political damage than anyone who declares they need to "grab the bull by the horns" or "kill two birds with one stone".
They elaborated in another tweet that cruelty to animals is linked to the way humans communicate and anti-animal lingo is as bad as "racist, homophobic or ableist language". It included suggested replacement phrases for common phrases that the organization says are harmful.
Instead of: "Beat a dead horse".
Don't mind our animal-friendly language but PETA suddenly tweeted yesterday (Dec 4) a list of English phrases that they consider to be discriminatory towards animals.
Instead of: "Be the guinea pig".
In lieu of "kill two birds with one stone", how about saying "feed two birds with one scone"?
As might be expected, the backlash from skeptical Twitter users was swift, with hordes of people responding in their own tweets that PETA's campaign against some of America's most common phrases is ridiculous.
"Say: "Take the flower by the thorns".
However, many people took to Twitter to suggest more phrases, or mock the suggestion.
Joey Gall added: "PETA introduced me to the term "speciesism" today which 1) is not a thing and 2) diminishes the legitimacy of racism, sexism and classism that many still don't quite recognize".