How anyone could voluntarily give up eating bacon, I’ll never know. Not only is eating that crunchy, salty goodness triggering to vegans but apparently using the phrase “bringing home the bacon” is as well. You also probably shouldn’t use the phrase “putting all your eggs in one basket.”
According to a researcher for a magazine called The Conversation, these kinds of phrases are offensive to vegans and vegetarians.
The researcher explains how meat-based metaphors are a popular staple of our everyday vernacular but that an increased awareness in the environmental and ethical issues surrounding meat production “will undoubtedly be reflected in our language and literature” and that this language may no longer be so widely accepted.
“In today’s reality, meat is repeatedly the subject of much socially and politically charged discussion, including about how the demand for meat is contributing to climate change and environmental degradation,” she continues.
“Given that fiction often reflects on real world events and societal issues, it may very well be that down the line powerful meat metaphors are eschewed.”
Other phrases you shouldn’t say: “flogging a dead horse” and “killing two birds with one stone” because they suggest violence against animals. Instead, the researcher changed the phrases to say “feeding a fed horse” or “feeding two birds with one scone.”
“While these phrases may seem harmless, they carry meaning and can send mixed signals to students about the relationship between humans and animals and can normalize abuse.
Teaching students to use animal-friendly language can cultivate positive relationships between all beings and help end the epidemic of youth violence toward animals.”
Adding to Hamzah’s list of cruelty-free alternatives, PETA suggests “bringing home the bagels” as opposed to the bacon and instead of “putting all your eggs in one basket”, why not try “putting all of your berries in a bowl”?
Excuse me while I use emojis to convey how I feel about this.