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PETA would prefer the Marlins use robot fish

Jun 15, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT

Last week we found out that the Florida Marlins are planning to put real fish in real salt water aquariums in the wall behind home plate at their new ballpark.

This week we find out the predictable reaction: PETA is protesting the proposal. The organization sent a letter to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria denouncing the idea, according to the Miami Herald.

“Being exposed to the loud crowds, bright lights, and reverberations of a baseball stadium would be stressful and maddening for any large animals held captive in tanks that, to them, are like bathtubs,” wrote PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman in the letter to Loria.

The Marlins, who unveiled the aquarium plans last week, said the see-through tanks would be constructed with the same material used in bullet-proof glass to ensure fish safety.

Marlins president David Samson told the Herald that he had not seen the letter, but said the fish would be “treated as well, or better, than any fish can be,” and didn’t sound willing to budge on the issue.

“I guess that’s a philosophical issue,” Samson said. “But there are beautiful aquariums all over the world and this will be one of them.”

But give PETA some credit, for Instead of simply protesting the use of fish at the ballpark, the organization actually offered up some palatable (to them) alternatives, including the use of “robotic fish that can ‘swim’ through water.”

Intrigued by the idea of robot fish, I did a little research (i.e. Google) and discovered that the Japanese have already invented a robot carp. Eureka!

Why a robot carp, you ask? I’m not sure, but I believe the Japanese will make a robot version of pretty much anything. They just like robots that much, and if they want to create this or this or this, who are we to discourage them?

Besides, they have done us a huge favor by solving this budding controversy over the Marlins’ ballpark aquarium. All the team has to do is shell out about $250,000 for each robot carp. No problem right?


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  1. nps6724 - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    Another reason to hate PETA and also laugh at their ridonkulousness at the same time.
    I’m gonna go eat a steak, drink some milk, shoot a deer, and buy a mink coat just to spite them.

  2. Boto - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:28 AM

    How can anyone take PETA seriously when they make statements such as this?

  3. D. - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:28 AM

    Why does every stupid PETA press release get treated like it’s news? Please give these ridiculous, hypocritical terrorists the attention they deserve and stop covering them.

  4. IDnative68 - Jun 15, 2010 at 3:03 AM

    No kidding why does every stupid PETA press release get treated like news? These weirdoos deserve nothing more then a prison cell.Nothing worse then a rotten stinking PETArd.

  5. philcommander - Jun 15, 2010 at 5:05 AM

    The one thing I think that PETA doesn’t understand is that there are so many cases of true animal cruelity out there that it diminishes the worthyness of their cause to go after small things like these.
    Instead of worrying about aquariums why not go after dog fighting rings and other cases where animals are truely being physically harmed.
    Go after an elephant trainer who is beating the poor animal into submission and making its life a living hell to the point where it goes mentally insane and goes beserk…not after people who are “upsetting the fish”.
    Might as well outlaw cargo ships because they make a lot of noise that bothers the sea life…oops, i think I just gave them an idea!

  6. Old Gator - Jun 15, 2010 at 5:52 AM

    Not to worry. After a few balls are fouled off the fishtanks and a bunch of expensive (i.e. $12.00) clown fish shock out, Scrooge McLoria, the Titan of Tightwads, will get tired of shelling out shekels to replace them, discern the advantages of using that space for advertising, and these aquariums will go the way of the out-of-town scoreboard at Joeprodolsharklife Stadium.

  7. Florida727 - Jun 15, 2010 at 6:58 AM

    Puck FETA. What a useless organization. D. and philcommander are both right. Every time these idiots issue a statement, it’s “news”. Why? Probably because the bleeding-heart liberals run the media. But the real shame is, when they do have a legitimate concern, nobody listens because of the “boy-who-cried-wolf” syndrome. So much of what they spew is senseless, people ignore them… even on the rare occasion when they might have a legitimate beef… had to throw in a cow reference, just to piss them off :)

  8. Hope - Jun 15, 2010 at 7:25 AM

    Why is it even necessary to put live fish behind home plate in a major league baseball park? How can that possibly add to the baseball experience?
    Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, etc.,managed to have quite successful careers without some clown fish checking out the pitcher as he goes into his windup. PETA is right;it is cruel,inhumane, and goes right to the issue of humans with too much money abusing lesser species for their own misguided and momentary amusement!

  9. The Deerhunter - Jun 15, 2010 at 7:55 AM

    PETA – People Eating Tasty Animals

  10. josh23 - Jun 15, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    If they are not breaking any laws they can design their park any way they want. This orginizations mascot is a marlin and sea life is important to the state of fFlorida and it is being represented in the design of this ball park. Who are you to say what another person can or cannot do. Remember your rights end when they infringe on anothers rights which is something that organizations like peta forgets all too often.

  11. B - Jun 15, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    I think PETA tends to over react but I agree at least they were approaching it in a much more… reasonable manner. Those fish probably will be driven mad by all the damn noise, I’ll give them that… but in the end, yeah… there are probably more noble causes to persue than a baseball team who happens to have fish on display… I hear an oil company is doing some bad things down in the gulf or something like that, wasn’t that on the news? maybe they could go help out those animals instead.

  12. Paul - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    Think what you want about PETA, this is a stupid idea.

  13. Hope - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    You just don’t get it! I believe the whole point of PETA is to give voice to animals that have no voice, yet have the right to live in a way that is natural to them. And as you said, “your rights end when they infringe on another[‘]s rights”, it’s this precise point which PETA is championing.
    Are you advocating that when God made “…all creatures great and small”, his intent was to have them exist with the constant thud of foul balls and wild pitches?

  14. Shely - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Sorry “B” you are too stupid to comment here. Get out of town and go to the PETA meeting to discuss these stupid comments from them.

  15. nps6724 - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    I bet those fish would rather live with foul balls and wild pitches than being eaten by another fish.

  16. Shely - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    No dummy, you don’t get it. FISH HAVE NO RIGHTS. No one is advocating that we treat them badly or hurt them in any way. This is not the case. They are so stupid that they don’t even know that they may be in a tank or lake or ocean. We can catch fish, eat them or display them in tanks as long as we treat them well and feed them. They don’t know the difference! Now go back to the PETA meeting and discuss. I have to go eat my fish sandwich.

  17. sage - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    I have to laugh after reading Marlin’s president’s comment: “But there are beautiful aquariums all over the world and this will be one of them.” His attempt to give his “idea” credibility is a little fishy. An aquarium in a ballpark is about as credible as a ballpark in an aquarium.

  18. Ace - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Every time PETA is mentioned, lots of folks seem to have an automatic and hateful reaction beyond all proportion. What is it about PETA that makes you all so furious? Is it some kind of deep-seated guilt? I think we all know deep down that the meat industry is unspeakably cruel. We don’t want to think about it though, so we lash out at PETA for sticking our faces in it. Really, people. These aren’t terrorists. They just love animals. Sometimes they get a little silly, but this kind of vitriol is totally unwarranted, and a little scary.

  19. Jonny5 - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    Hey, what’s wrong with Robots???
    I really think Peta sucks btw.

  20. Max - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    I have to admit —
    Fish behind home plate is such a stupid idea that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria actually made PETA seem reasonable!

  21. Mike - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    I have to protest PETA’s use of paper in writing their letter. How many trees died to produce the paper the letter was written on? I think ELF should send PETA a strongly worded e-mail about protecting the trees!

  22. Shely - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    The problem with your comments is that you premise is wrong. PETA is a terrorist organization. They try to intimidate people by throwing dye and acids on people wearing fur coats. They do many thing which causes some people harm and real dollar loss. In addition, they try to tell everyone else how to live, eat etc.. If you can answer one question for yourself, then you will see that how foolish their arguments are. The question is: Who gave animals rights?
    Did Mankind give them rights? If so, then they can be taken away by mankind. Did God give them rights? Then God also gave mankind the right to rule over all of his creation and to use it all WISELY! That is why I eat every tasty animal I can find when I need to eat.

  23. DAVID - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Hey Ace, if PETA isn’t a terrorist organization then why did they fire bomb a research lab at Michigan State University? How do I know this? I walked passed it the morning after on my way to class.
    Like many have already stated. PETA members are a bunch of punks without a clue. If you are interested in saving the wildlife then do something productive like so many wildlife organizations already do.

  24. Hope - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Shely, In all caps, no less, you’ve declared “FISH HAVE NO RIGHTS”. Just wondering, when did God abdicate his throne and leave you in charge of the universe?
    Granted, fish are not too bright, yet they do have senses and deserve to live someplace other than a baseball park. They DO have certain “rights” and by throwing them into an environment that will be ridiculously loud at times, is quite simply mean. And as far as a ballpark becoming an aquarium, that’s just not the case. The soul purpose of an aquarium IS the marine life; the animals do not become a sideshow to what’s going on at first base or in the stands. Oh, and I do agree with Ace. Why so mean spirited?
    This will be my final comment, I have to grab my baseball bat to smack baby seals!

  25. TPS - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    I agree with you. Forget the source of the comments, the idea of an aquarium, presumably containing a marlin, behind home plate, is idiocy.

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