PETA clearly believes that the bullpen is bad.
The animal rights group (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) released a statement on Thursday, asking for the staging area for MLB relief pitchers to be renamed from “bullpen” to “arm barn” to try to remove what the group feels is a negative connotation to the warm-up area.
PETA’s full statement:
New York — As the World Series turns into a pitching duel, PETA is pitching a proposal to the baseball world: Strike out the word “bullpen,” which references the holding area where terrified bulls are kept before slaughter, in favor of a more modern, animal-friendly term. PETA’s suggestion? The arm barn!
“Words matter, and baseball ‘bullpens’ devalue talented players and mock the misery of sensitive animals,’ says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. ‘PETA encourages Major League Baseball coaches, announcers, players, and fans to changeup their language and embrace the ‘arm barn’ instead.’
PETA notes that cows are hung upside down and their throats are slit in the meat industry, while in rodeos, gentle bulls are tormented into kicking and bucking by being electro-shocked or prodded—all are typically held in a ‘bullpen’ while they await their cruel fate.
Baseball has used the term “bullpen” for the past 150 years, with a Cincinnati Enquirer article the first known recorded reference to the area, calling it a “bull-pen.”
This isn’t the first time that the group has set its sights on baseball: In 2016, PETA demanded that Minor League Baseball teams stop using monkey rodeos as a method of entertainment during inning breaks.
With the World Series in full swing, we’ll see whether there’s a call to the … barn on a new name. PETA shouldn’t hold its breath, though.
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