Written by PETA
Even if you're not
an avid baseball fan, you've probably heard of Tony La Russa,
one of the greatest managers of all time, who made headlines this week by
announcing his retirement right after steering the St. Louis Cardinals to their
dramatic victory in this year's World Series.
La Russa is also an all-star for animals who is a longtime vegetarian
and PETA supporter, as well as the founder of his own animal protection group, the Animal Rescue Foundation.
La Russa has been
defending animals for decades. When seedy Las Vegas showman Bobby Berosini
was caught on tape beating orangutans with bars and punching them in the face
in 1989, La Russa flew to Vegas with other sympathetic celebrities to condemn
the abuse. After his case wound through the courts for years, Berosini was
ultimately forced to pay PETA $400,000 in court costs and relinquished custody
of the orangutans.
La Russa also led
PETA supporters in a "fur funeral" outside the Seattle Fur Exchange
to bring attention to the fact that animals on fur farms
are kept in cramped, filthy cages and are killed by genital electrocution. In
the "eulogy" that he delivered, La Russa stated, "Fur is
something to be ashamed of." He also starred in a PETA
ad against American Express when the credit card giant was selling fur in its
catalog (the company eventually bowed to pressure and pulled the pelts).
Tony La Russa on a long and successful career and wish him the best in his
by Heather Faraid Drennan
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