PETA Global 2019 Issue 2
ISSUE 2 | SPRING 2019
ADVANCING THE ANIMAL RIGHTS REVOLUTION
11 PAGE Berry Delicious Creamy vegan cheesecake and more!
14 The BFG’s Mark Rylance Spare the bears PAGE
20 Exposé: Inside Korea No roses for these racers PAGE
PETA: Bringing Home the Bagels Since 1980
out that they are not ours to kill just for a sandwich or a shoe, to infect with diseases, or to display as props. Our language must evolve to reflect this awareness. In the same way that the color of one’s skin cannot ethically be used as a reason to exploit, enslave, or discriminate against another human being, the presence of fur, feathers, or scales is no reason to slaughter or even demean another living being.
“Don’t you have bigger fish to fry?” That was one person’s reaction after PETA tweeted a list of animal- friendly phrases to replace idioms that evoke harming animals, such as “kill two birds with one stone” or “beat a dead horse.” Although PETA has called for an end to speciesist language for decades, the issue was thrust into the spotlight after Shareena Z. Hamzah, a postdoctoral researcher at Swansea University, wrote a blog suggesting that the increase in the number of vegans will lead to a phasing out of anti-animal expressions like “bring home the bacon.” Hamzah hit the nail on the head. Research has shown that language does affect howwe think: It can reinforce – or challenge – prejudices and stereotypes. Clearly, when we call someone a “pig,” we imply that pigs are not intelligent animals, when in fact, they lead complex social lives and often showmore empathy than human beings, even rescuing their captors from fires and ponds. When we laughingly say that someone is being used “as a lab rat,” we trivialize the plight of rats who are poisoned, blinded, burned, and mutilated in laboratories and don’t deserve to be called “lab rats” any more than asylum seekers should be called “illegal aliens.” Using clichés such as “more than one way to skin a cat” desensitizes us and normalizes violence against animals. Like many other “-isms,” speciesism fosters an “us vs. them” mentality that allows bigotry and exploitation to flourish. Leaders of social justice movements have
long recognized that all oppression is linked. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Civil rights leader César Chávez – who, like Mohandas Gandhi, refused to eat animals out of empathy – said, “Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are all cut from the same defective fabric: violence. Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves.”
Mark Rylance: © Alastair Muir • Vegan blueberry cheesecake: © The White Chestnut • Cat: © iStock.com/socreative_media • Canary: © iStock.com/johnandersonphoto
T A L K T H E T A L K , W A L K T H E W A L K • T A L K T H E T A L K , W A L K T H E W A L K •
PETA’s tweet about animal-friendly language sparked a huge response, which was exactly the plan – to inspire discussion. Media outlets
from the Daily Mail to CNN reported on the issue. When late-night talk show hosts – including Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers – joked about it, they actually shared an animal rights message with millions.
Animals are feeling, intelligent, unique
individuals. As Alice Walker said, “They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men.” PETA has pointed
Read more about PETA’s use of words – and deeds – to liberate animals.
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