PETA, an animal rights organization, recently tweeted that people need to quit using animal names when insulting people, because it portrays a sentiment that people are superior to animals. By doing this, we become a human supremacist.
The NY Post explains:
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals demanded this week that people stop using “speciesist” terms such as “chicken,” “pig” or “rat” as insults for humans — and promptly got ripped as dodos for the stunt.
The PETA tweet was so widely mocked online that it soon boasted an embarrassing ratio of almost 11,000 comments to just over 3,000 likes as of Thursday morning.
“Calling someone an animal as an insult reinforces the myth that humans are superior to other animals & justified in violating them,” the animal-rights advocacy group said in its earnest call to action. “Stand up for justice by rejecting supremacist language.”
PETA social-media reps also included a chart detailing the human “supremacist” terminology and suggesting alternative language such as using “coward” instead of “chicken,” “snitch” in lieu of “rat,” “jerk” rather than “snake,” “repulsive” rather than “pig” and “lazy” to cast aspersions onto someone with sloth-like tendencies.
Last year, there was a court case when an animal rights advocate tried to have an elephant declared human to force her removal from a zoo to an animal preserve. The judges ruled against the case with one stating it could potentially lead to animals having the right to vote. READ: Animal Rights Group Demands Court Declare an Elephant a ‘Person,’ Release It from Zoo
In 2015, a judge ruled that chimps had the same rights as humans and could no longer be incarcerated in a zoo. The ruling was overturned on appeal. READ: Chimpanzees given human rights: NY Judge rules that two primates held at research labs are covered by same laws that govern the detention of people
But these type of arguments, intentional or not, devalue humans. The Bible is very clear, creation is amazing, but only humans were created in the image of God.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26 NASV)