There is no doubt that PETA has helped a massive amount of animals since the organization’s inception in 1980. Their recent request has left a lot of people scratching their heads, however…primarily Major League Baseball.
For those of you unfamiliar with baseball terms, a bullpen is where pitchers wind up and warm up their arms, and as TMZ has reported, it looks like PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) is seriously asking for them to change the name of said area.
What exactly do they have in mind, you ask? They’d prefer that the league refer to the caged or sectioned off area as an ‘arm barn.’ On a farm, the bullpen is where cows are taken before…you know, a painful slaughter.
PETA says that the name for the warm-up area not only suggests mistreatment of the animals, but apparently, it devalues the players as well. Cows have feelings, too.
“Words matter, and baseball ‘bullpens’ devalue talented players and mock the misery of sensitive animals,” PETA exec Tracy Reiman said.
“Strike out the word ‘bullpen,’ which references the holding area where terrified bulls are kept before slaughter,” PETA said, “in favor of a more modern, animal-friendly term.”
The term has been around for over a hundred years already apparently, according to the aforementioned piece, but it doesn’t seem likely that MLB will cave, as the league isn’t hurting any animals, which is obviously great.
Keeping animals safe is an epic cause that this writer and this magazine hold in high regard, and many others out there do as well, naturally. There are those that think that perhaps this is a touch oversensitive and perhaps their efforts would be well-placed attacking a league or organization that is actually harming defenseless animals instead.