Controversial animal rights organisation PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is calling on baseball boses to ditch use of the term ‘bullpen’, because it’s insensitive to cows.
In a press statement released this week PETA claimed the term ‘bullpen’, which has been in use in baseball for more than a hundred years, ‘referenced the ‘holding area where terrified bulls are kept before slaughter.’ They suggest instead using a ‘more modern, animal-friendly term’.
The term they suggest is ‘arm barn’.
In baseball, the term ‘ballpen’ is an area away from the main pitch where reserve pitchers warm up and exercise.
The announcement was met with a mixture of suprise and derision.
Does PETA know what baseballs and baseball gloves are made with?
— John DeStefano (@jd9teen) October 28, 2021
The cows must have discussed this during their recent town hall meeting. Just very upset and finally had enough
— tom25 (@tbouch3) October 28, 2021
Baseball boses are yet to respond. PETA also took aim at other sports which use the term, such as Rodeo.