PETA proposes name change for baseball staple during World Series

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PETA: "Words matter, and baseball’s “bullpens” devalue talented players and mock the misery of sensitive animals."

HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 27: Jose Urquidy #65 of the Houston Astros warms up in the bullpen prior to Game Two of the World Series against the Atlanta Braves at Minute Maid Park on October 27, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NORFOLK, Va. (BRPROUD) – The World Series between the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves is currently tied at one game apiece.

The Astros and Braves are scheduled to play Game 3 in Atlanta.

If People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had their way, one change would be made before the game started on Friday night.

PETA would like to see the managers make a call to the ‘Arm Barn’ instead of the ‘Bullpen.’

The animal rights organization would like to “strike out the word “bullpen”—which refers to the holding area where terrified bulls are kept before slaughter.”

So why change “bullpen” to “arm barn?”

PETA says the change needs to be made because ‘words matter’ and in this case, the animal rights organization describes “bullpen” this way,

In the meat industry, cows are hung upside down and their throats are slit, while in rodeos, gentle bulls are goaded into kicking and bucking by being electroshocked. While they await their violent fate, these sensitive, frightened animals are typically held in a “bullpen.”

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is highlighting other phrases they say “condone violence toward animals:”

  • “Kill two birds with one stone”
  • “Beat a dead horse”
  • “Bring home the bacon”

So the question remains, will this pitch by PETA change how baseball refers to the place pitchers warm up?

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