The sanity at PETA didn’t last long.
Earlier this week, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, arguably the nation’s leading “animal rights” group, joined Republicans in condemning Dr. Anthony Fauci for experiments on beagle puppies.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the federal agency that Fauci oversees, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to drug and disable the dogs and then allow sand flies to eat them alive. The dogs’ vocal cords were reportedly cut so researchers would not have to hear them howl in agony.
In an interview Wednesday with Tucker Carlson of Fox News, PETA senior vice president Kathy Guillermo called for Fauci to resign.
Few Republicans would disagree, given this scandal and Fauci’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, including the possibility that he committed perjury. Fauci has denied under oath that his agency funded gain of function research at the lab in Wuhan, China, where some argue the coronavirus emanated from, and then the government revealed that wasn’t the case.
But PETA reverted back to its routine loopiness.
On Thursday afternoon, PETA tweeted, “Let’s liberate the language we use in baseball!”
“‘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,” the tweet continued.
“Switching to ‘arm barn’ would be a home run for baseball fans, players, and animals.”
In a press release, PETA added, “Words matter, and baseball’s ‘bullpens’ devalue talented players and mock the misery of sensitive animals. PETA is encouraging Major League Baseball (MLB) coaches, announcers, players, and fans to changeup their language and embrace ‘the arm barn’ instead.”
“People are striving to eradicate racist, sexist, homophobic, and ableist phrases (or team names) from our common language,” PETA continued.
“But unfortunately, many of us also grew up hearing phrases that condone violence toward animals and perpetuate speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. Sayings such as ‘kill two birds with one stone,’ ‘beat a dead horse,’ ‘bring home the bacon,’ and ‘bullpen’ all normalize violent acts against some of the most defenseless members of our society.”
It’s doubtful, however, that baseball owners, players, or fans believe that keeping relief pitchers in a “bullpen” devalues the athletes.
According to the website spotrac.com, 82 Major League Baseball relief pitchers make at least $1 million a year.
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