Using Animals as Insults Perpetuates Speciesism
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FROM PETA.org
January 2021

Stand up for justice by always using animal-friendly language and consider being kind by not using insults at all.

speciesist language

Words have the power to create a more inclusive world, or normalize violence. Calling someone an animal as an insult reinforces the myth that humans are superior to other animals and justified in violating them.

Speciesist language isnít just harmful, it's also inaccurate.

Pigs, for instance, are intelligent, lead complex social lives, and show empathy for other pigs in distress. Snakes are clever, have family relationships, and prefer to associate with their relatives rather than with strangers.

Stand up for justice by always using animal-friendly language and consider being kind by not using insults at all.


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