PETA Demands MLB Stop Using ‘Offensive’ Word

PETA Demands MLB Stop Using ‘Offensive’ Word

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, is an internationally recognized organization whose stated purpose is helping ensure the safety of animals.

Because the group sometimes takes fairly outlandish positions in the pursuit of its ultimate goals, reactions to its various proposals are generally pretty polarized. Some are for, others against.

This week, PETA somehow managed to come up with a proposal that everyone disagreed with.

Somehow, against all odds, the organization managed to turn everyone off.

In an Oct. 28 press release, PETA called for the banning of the term “bullpen” in Major League Baseball (MLB).

“Words matter, and baseball ‘bullpens’ devalue talented players and mock the misery of sensitive animals,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said. “PETA encourages Major League Baseball coaches, announcers, players, and fans to changeup their language and embrace the ‘arm barn’ instead.”

PETA then went on to add 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.”

Naturally, social media had some reactions to this development:

Big picture, it’s not hard to see why folks are up in arms over PETA’s suggestion. This baseball season has been filled with a lot of lighthearted fun. Models taking their shirts off, adult movie stars wearing revealing outfits, casual debates about poor officiating – that kind of stuff.

Meanwhile this adds a certain heaviness and weirdness to the proceedings that, frankly, baseball fans don’t need.

Will anyone ultimately take PETA’s suggestion seriously enough to incorporate it? Obviously not. Will it earn the organization some headlines for 24 hours? Clearly, yes.

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