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PETA says baseball world should stop using “bullpen” in favor of an animal-friendly “hand barn”

PETA seeks to “liberate the language we use in baseball”. The animal rights organization wants the term “bull pen” removed – and in its place, “arm barn” should be used.

In baseball, the “bullpen” is where pitchers warm up before entering the field. But PETA says there is another meaning. “‘Bullpen’ refers to the area of ​​a ‘bull’s pen’ where bulls are held before being slaughtered – it’s a word with speciesist roots and we can do better than that,” PETA said on Twitter .

“Switching to ‘arm barn’ would be a home run for baseball fans, players and animals,” the organization said. To move their campaign forward, PETA changed its Twitter name to Arm Barn.

“Words matter, and baseball ‘pens’ devalue talented players and poke fun at the misery of sentient animals,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement. “PETA encourages Major League Baseball coaches, advertisers, players and fans to switch their tongue out and kiss the ‘arm barn’ instead. “

PETA says in the meat industry cows are hung upside down and their throats slit and in rodeos, “the nice bulls are tormented by kicking and being electrocuted or pushed – all are usually held in an “enclosure” awaiting their cruel fate. “

The organization opposes what it calls “a human supremacist worldview” and has called for certain expressions and idioms related to animals to be changed in society.

In 2020, they updated their list of animal-friendly idioms to include phrases such as “packaged like pickles”, instead of “packaged like sardines” and “ants in your pants” to “spice up in your pants”. your pants “.

Instead of “crying over spilled milk”, PETA suggests “crying over toast”. And instead of “killing two birds with one stone”, PETA advocates “feeding two birds with one scone”.

In 2018, PETA explained its list of animal-friendly idioms in a tweet: “Just as it has become unacceptable to use racist, homophobic or ableist language, phrases that trivialize animal cruelty will disappear as more and more people will begin to appreciate animals for what they are. and start “take home the bagels” instead of the bacon. “

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