This Little Pig Had Roasted Beets: PETA Revamps Nursery Rhymes to Promote Empathy

For immediate release:
June 6, 2022

Robin Goist 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Virginia. – Classic nursery rhymes like “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep,” “This Little Piggy,” and “Three Blind Mice” have been given a modern, animal-friendly makeover, thanks to rewritten verses from PETA. Just as racist and sexist words were removed from old songs and fairy tales, PETA’s update removes language encouraging cruelty to animals, fear of them or speciesism— the archaic idea that other animals are inferior to humans. In the new and improved versions of the group, the black sheep canned its wool, the little pigs eat roast beetsand the three blind mice thank the farmer’s wife save their lives.

“Just as we try not to use certain words that we don’t want our children to repeat, we need to consider the messages about animals we pass on to them through traditional nursery rhymes,” says Marta Holmberg, Senior Programs Director. PETA youth. “Small language changes like PETA’s cultivate empathy and kindness in children and reflect today’s compassionate attitudes in recognizing that animals are individuals capable of experiencing joy and pain. .”

PETA’s previous efforts to end speciesism in language include encouraging people to adopt animal-friendly idioms such as “feed two birds a scone” and “bring the bagels home.” Its human education division, TeachKind, which offers lessons in kindness, stresses that animals should be called “he” or “she” instead of “that”, because an animal is something.anot surething— and encourages teachers to use “It” pots in the classroom to increase language awareness.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “Animals are not ours to be mistreated in any way.” For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, FacebookWhere instagram.

Dora W. Clawson