Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

PETA Asks Tampa Bay Rays to Remove the Tropicana Touch Tank

Like us on Facebook:
The current article you are reading does not reflect the views of the current editors and contributors of the new Ecorazzi

Peanuts, Cracker Jack, cownose rays in a touch tank. All of these things can be found at a  Tampa Bay Rays home game, but PETA say one doesn’t belong.

John Higgins, team counsel for the Rays, received a letter from Delcianna Winders, director of PETA’s captive animal law enforcement, asking that the team remove the touch tank from Tropicana Field. Winders said the touch tank is in a dangerous position, located behind the right-center field wall, making it possible for a fish to be injured (or worse) by an errant ball. PETA’s request came shortly after Detroit Tigers’ slugger, Miguel Cabrera, hit a home run that splashed into the tank. Thankfully, no fish was injured. Though the tank was installed in 2006, through a partnership with The Florida Aquarium, this is only the second time a ball has made a splash. (The first time was in 2007, and no injuries were reported then, either.)

PETA stated in the letter that they hope the team and the aquarium will work together to rehabilitate the rays (which were taken from Tampa Bay and are cared for by aquarium staff) and release them back into their natural habitat.

“The rays held captive at Tropicana Field not only were traumatically taken from their vast home waters but also are subject to harassment, loud crowds, and even baseballs capable of seriously injuring them,” Winders said in a statement to the media. “When it comes to compassion, the Rays are batting .000.”

So far, the team has made no comment on the letter, but the public has been voicing their opinions on TBO.com and their Facebook page. Leaving out the more colorful language, many sports fans seem offended by PETA’s request, stating that the tank is enjoyed by adults and kids and sets Tropicana Stadium apart from other stadiums. Several commenters chimed in with a compromise of putting up a net or “shield” to protect the tank. Whatever happens, this has certainly gotten people talking!

What do you think should happen to the Tropicana Field touch tank?

Like us on Facebook:

Beyoncé and Jay-Z sell out veganism for ticket giveaway

Veganism deserves better than constantly being considered something to be bribed, dared or loosely entered into.

Month one of “the year of the vegan”

News outlets are abuzz with the promise of new vegan products, celebs, and services and how that is somehow a fresh affirmation that our world is one turn closer to being fully free from animal use.

What About: “No-Kill” Eggs?

The reason for these advancements is not a sense of justice – because that can only mean going vegan – but is primarily driven by economics.

Vegandale Brewery offers the ultimate vegan night out

This brewpub helps veganism shed its stay-home-and-eat-tofu stereotype.

Don’t blame vegans for the shame you feel about using animals

The shame Carly Lewis claims veganism casts over her is more likely the ghosts of moral uncertainty, spectres that are more likely fish than cows, wondering how morality can possibly be used as ammunition in favour of murder.