Really, this has to stop…
That people are not happy with “Zwarte Piet” (Black Pete), I can understand in a way (I say understand, not agree!). “Zwarte Piet” is often displayed as a clumsy, no too clever person. And quite as a stereotype. So yes, I can understand that people don’t like that.
But now all of a sudden it seems that a lot of sayings involving animals are anti-animal…
In The Netherlands we have the saying “Iemand blij maken met een dode mus” (“Making somebody happy with a dead sparrow”, meaning to promise someone something that seems to be nice or good, but turns out to be worthless or useless). Well, it seems this is not acceptable any more.
Same goes for sayings as “Beat a dead horse” and “Take the bull by the horns” should not be used any more.
I am mostly considered as “Politically Correct”, but even for me this is going too far!
I was not surprised to find out that PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) was behind this all. They are known for this extreme kind of actions. Just a little browsing on the internet shows that PETA is fully ridiculed for this action. And as far it concerns me, right so!
If you really want to do something for animals then there are so many active ways to do so.
Go work as a volunteer at an animals-shelter. Help clean up deer parks. Work at a petting zoo. Start eating meat from animal friendly farms or stop eating meat at all. There are so many ways to help animals.
But not by this, sorry I cannot call it differently, bullshit… (Oops, I assume that “bullshit” is also not proper to use anymore…. Whatever!).