Last Man Standing finalist 2019/20
- Jan 12, 2019
I looked for it on their website to make sure it wasn't just some Fox outrage farming... and it's even worse than I thought:
"Arm barn" ffsWest Palm Beach, Fla. – In a proposal sent to NFL Competition Committee Chair Rich McKay ahead of its annual league meeting this month, PETA is throwing a flag for the term “horse-collar tackle,” which makes light of using tight harnesses to exploit horses for labor.
The request follows the group’s well-received appeal to the baseball world to replace the term “bullpen” with the animal-friendly term “arm barn.”
“Words matter, and the term ‘horse-collar tackle’ trivializes an old-style contraption that exploits horses for labor,” writes PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “You could score a touchdown for horses by instead converting it to the ‘Goodell Grab’ or ‘back-collar tackle,’ as neither of these terms normalizes animal abuse.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. The group’s letter to Competition Committee Chair Rich McKay is available upon request.
On a more serious note, I find it a worrying trend in activism and politics that people with good goals and intentions are cheapening and outright harming their causes by trying to make big deals out of issues that are just obviously fecking stupid. People sat around looking for reasons to be offended are doing a lot more good for Fox News and the Daily Mail than they are for their own plights.