"Bringing home the bacon" could soon be banned in order to stop offending vegans, an academic is claiming.
Shareena Hamzah, of Swansea University, says with more people removing animal products from their diet than ever before, phrases involving animal products could be phased out as awareness for vegans and vegetarians and even eventually banned.
Writing for The Conversation, Shareena said:
"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,
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."
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have also encouraged the use of more vegan and vegetarian-friendly idioms saying:
"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."
PETA has suggested some alternatives to some of the popular phrases for example replacing "Bring home the bacon" with "bring home the bagels" and "Killing two birds with one stone" with "Feeding two birds with one scone".