I’m sure Jean de La Fontaine turned in his grave last week.
The author of the famous Fables The Fox and the Crow, The grasshopper and the ant and The bunny and the turtle must have made a complete turn on itself in the cemetery of Père-Lachaise, when the news came out: the animal protection organization Peta says that it is oppressive for the animals to use the names of critters to qualify a human.
The next time someone tells you that you have a head of a pig, you can call that person a “language supremacist”!
We have really reached the top of the ridiculous … or the bottom of the absurd.
The organization Peta (For Ethics in the Treatment of Animals), which has three million members, tweeted on January 26:
“Words can create a more inclusive world or perpetuate oppression. Using an animal name as an insult reinforces the myth that humans are superior to other animals and that it is okay to abuse them. Take a stand for justice by rejecting supremacist language. ”
There followed a list of animal names that should no longer be used as insults. Instead of calling someone a pig, instead call someone disgusting. But what stupidity! What do they want us to believe? That when you call someone a sissy, is there a little chick dying somewhere in the world?
After “safe spaces” for the little fragile millennials, the students of the University of Ottawa and those of McGill, we will need zones free of any offensive vocabulary for … the animals of the earth?
Do you really believe that when I say “dumb as a carp” it means that I am a nasty language supremacist? That I’m a psychopath who walks around with a club ready to knock out any moving fish to assert my animal superiority?
Should we notify TVA to change the name of its program? The goose that lays golden eggs because Sébastien Benoît risks making trouble with the Front de liberation des poulailles du Québec?
I imagine that we should no longer say that animals are “beasts” because it hurts their self-esteem?
Does Peta still allow us to use the 1001 expressions using animal names in a positive way? Can we still say “cunning as a fox”, “gentle as a lamb”, “doe eyes” or “proud as a rooster”?
In other words, is Peta straddling her principles?
When it comes to animal rights, there is no lack of causes: abuse, puppy mill, intensive breeding, furs, etc. These are really cases where animals are oppressed.
But to tell someone they have jackal’s breath or to complain that they have the blues, frankly, is not enough to whip a cat.
BALANCE YOUR PORK
In the cinema, in the credits of films, we often see the mention “no animal was mistreated during the shooting”.
Will we soon be entitled to a certification before the publication of books or articles: “No animal has been harmed by the vocabulary used in this text”?