PETA has caused a stir after they urged Major League Baseball to replace the term “bullpen” with something more friendly like “arm barn.”
Who hasn’t heard of PETA?
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is an organization that campaigns for the ethical treatment of animals, and we’re pretty certain in saying that we highly doubt anybody has gone without seeing one of their gory Instagram posts or their intense street marches.
PETA was founded back in 1980…
Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheo, who were both animal rights activists at the time, began the organization.
The non-profit organization was catapulted into the spotlight in 1981 with the Silver Spring Monkeys Case.
PETA raised awareness about a behavioral research center in Silver Spring, Maryland, that conducted experiments on monkeys.
PETA’s work led to the first police raid in the U.S on an animal laboratory.
And the organization has continued to grow in popularity ever since.
The organization now has more than 9 million members globally…
And it focuses its attention on the 4 areas in which animals suffer the most – the food industry, laboratories, the clothing trade, and the entertainment industry.
PETA has the support of many famous faces.
These include Miley Cyrus, Pamela Anderson, Sir Paul McCartney, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Joaquin Phoenix, Billie Eilish, and so many more.
Of course, PETA campaigners around the world believe very strongly in their lifestyle.
And they have been known to get a little bit pushy towards those who don’t agree.
They will always go the full length to demonstrate the extent of animal suffering.
Whether that’s from the graphic exposure of slaughterhouses or from the calling out of cultural entertainment such as bullfighting.
But despite their controversial protesting methods…
PETA’s approach has proven successful in raising awareness of animal cruelty and abuse and ultimately, getting more people on board to help animals in need.
However, there are some people think that PETA take things too far.
Particularly as they have asked Major League Baseball to replace the term “bullpen” with something more “animal friendly”…
PETA has urged MLB to stop using the term “bullpen” and instead replace it with “arm barn.”
The term bullpen is used to describe the spot where pitchers warm-up.
PETA made the suggestion ahead of the third game of the World Series.
In an article on the PETA website, the organization suggests they “strike out the word ‘bullpen'” as it refers to “the holding area where terrified bulls are kept before slaughter.”
PETA Executive Vice President, Tracy Reiman said in the article: “Words matter, and baseball ‘bullpens’ devalue talented players and mock the misery of sensitive animals.”
“PETA encourages Major League Baseball coaches, announcers, players, and fans to change up their language and embrace the ‘arm barn’ instead.”
What do you think of their suggestion?