Animal-Related Expressions: Choosing Compassionate Cliches Over Violent Idioms

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Author and Speaker

podcast: Food for Thought: The Joys and Benefits of Living Vegan and Plant-Based

A culture’s language reflects the values of that society, and our shared use of that language reflects our agreement with those values.

Today I examine how our use of common idioms and proverbs denigrates animals and contributes to our violence against them — and offer some compassionate versions to replace the more violent ones.

Every time we open our mouths, we have the opportunity to reflect kindness and compassion; or we have the potential to reflect violence. 

My hope is that we aspire to the former.


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