The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals seem to be constantly looking for a new way to look like the most unhinged group in the public sphere. Most people thought that PETA’s comments on milk being white supremacy were the pinnacle of their blind and sheltered stupidity, but the people of PETA weren’t done yet.
Now it seems that PETA has moved outside of the realm of protecting the lives and dignity of animals, and now claims animals, in fact, need sentimental protection as well. Much like the numerous fully-grown and fully-functional adults on university campuses that advocate for safe-spaces and bans on hate-speech, it seems animals are also very concerned with the language that they cannot understand or even begin to process.
OK, maybe that´s a bit of an exaggeration. In fact what PETA advocates for is a fundamental shift in the way in which language is used to end the stigma that animals are lesser than humans. See their proposal below:
This can be broken down into two premises. The first is that using language that is less favourable to the standing of animals in society breeds the egregious notion that animals should be consumed by humans in tasty delicious juicy steamy mouth-watering presentations. The second is that using language that is less favourable to animals is akin to using homophobic or racist rhetoric. Both can be easily debunked with the blanket assertion that animals are less valuable than humans.
While the real ethical treatment of animals is something most people can agree on, to say that a complex, three-dimensional, sentient, self-aware human holds the same value as a chicken is simply not accurate. Not to mention, humans have been eating animals happily since before spoken language was even used and animals, I repeat, cannot understand or process anti-animal language.