The World Series is underway and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are asking Major League Baseball to do one thing: change the term 'bullpen' to 'arm barn'.
In a press release issued Thursday, PETA called on MLB to get rid of the 'outdated' name and change it to a suggestion that is more "animal-friendly."
“Words matter, and baseball ‘bullpens’ devalue talented players and mock the misery of sensitive animals,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in the release. “PETA encourages Major League Baseball coaches, announcers, players, and fans to changeup their language and embrace the ‘arm barn’ instead.”
PETA said the "bullpen" references where bulls are kept before they are slaughtered. In baseball, the term is refers to the place where relief pitchers warm up during the game.
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Changing the name to 'arm barn' in light of cruelty to cows did not go over well with some social media users, while others like the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Ranger pitcher Taylor Hearn joined in on the fun.
Tired: Arm Barn
Wired: Ray Tank
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 28, 2021
Coming out of arm barn taylor hearn!😉 pic.twitter.com/wuVCgd0fFx
— Taylor Hearn (@thearn14) October 28, 2021
Only way I’m calling it “arm barn” is if it looks like this next year pic.twitter.com/EOGGW2eXBL
— Dave (@DoyersDave) October 28, 2021
Despite the memes and jokes created about the 'arm barn,' PETA tweeted that MLB should liberate its language and do better.
"Switching to 'arm barn' would be a home run for baseball fans, players, and animals," PETA said.
“Bullpen” refers to the area of a “bull’s pen” where bulls are held before they are slaughtered—it’s a word with speciesist roots & we can do better than that.
Switching to “arm barn” would be a home run for baseball fans, players, and animals 💪⚾️ pic.twitter.com/2FzSpDG9mQ
— Arm Barn (@peta) October 28, 2021
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