PETA does nothing but start controversy

Henri Robbins | Staff Writer

PETA. We’ve all heard of them, the “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals”, and yet again they’re making their rounds around social media. This time, it’s because of a tweet that offers alternatives to “anti-animal language”, including phrases such as “taking the bull by the horns”, “beating a dead horse”, and “killing two birds with one stone”. This isn’t the first time PETA has said something like this, and it sure won’t be the last, but this time it’s one of the most patronizing. 

Why is it patronizing? 

The tweet reads that “just as it became unacceptable to use racist, homophobic, or ableist language, phrases that trivialize cruelty to animals will vanish as more people begin to appreciate animals for who they are.” 

So here’s PETA, comparing the livestock industry and simple idiom to years, decades, even centuries of discrimination, to prejudice on a grand scale, so much that millions have been killed out of pure hatred. 

And I’m not saying the livestock industry isn’t inhumane, or that the meat industry isn’t a major proponents of climate issues, because they are and it is. What really needs to be addressed is the ignorance towards the world that PETA is showing – they’re trivializing years of human suffering by comparing it to, not suffering of humans, and not literal statements, but figurative speech. 

You ask anyone, “is it wrong to beat a horse?” and obviously, most of them will say yes. Throwing stones at birds? Of course people will be against that. 

So does PETA just not understand metaphors?

That’s where PETA is lost, and where they really always have been. A prime example is back when, 14 years ago, they decided to compare the animal industry to the Holocaust. You know, the Holocaust, that killed several millions of people out of pure, systemic hatred. Unsurprisingly, this “display” was banned in Germany, cited as making “the fate of the victims of the Holocaust appear banal and trivial”. PETA shot back, saying that Germany was making the animal’s suffering “banal and trivial”. Genius. 

What they say isn’t only insulting and trivializing, it’s downright hypocrisy. In 2014, out of the 3,369 animals that PETA took in, they euthanized 2,454 of them. This is the exact opposite of what they stand for. 

But, they do have a global platform, and they do have enough supporters to bring in $46 million in donations in 2017 alone. We still give them attention for acting out of line, and they’ll still take it to push their hypocritical agenda.