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Not Impressed by ‘Batmanu’

Written by PETA | November 2, 2009

On Saturday, a bat found his or her way into the San Antonio Spurs game. (Some speculate that the animal didn’t just fly in by accident.) The bat, of course, did what anybody would do in such a terrifying, unfamiliar situation—try to get the heck out of there—which, naturally, delayed the game. Until, that is, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili smacked the bat out of the air and slammed the animal into the hardwood court. Sports blogs across the ‘net have been replaying the video of Manu in action as they celebrate his quick reflexes. / CC


Here’s our take on it:

To bludgeon a 4-ounce animal to death, it takes either a small man or a totally unthinking one—with no respect or consideration for lives humbler than his own. This is a time when athletes in particular need to be on their best behavior around any animal and show that they have brains and a heart, not just reactionary brawn.

Bats always try to avoid contact with humans, and there are plenty of easy ways to keep bats out of a basketball arena (or your home). We hope that the next time someone’s life is on the line, Manu Ginobili will take just a few seconds to think before he acts.

Written by Amanda Schinke

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  • lmao says:

    Come on from the beginning you like like an idiot who would bring a bat in and let it go..that place is full of bats they come out few times a year .please continue to write nonsense so no one takes u fact more people might take you serious including me if you picked the right battles.PETA is just another extremist group who use violence and intimidation to try and stop violence and intimidation .Idiots

  • ... says:

    I love Manu!!! He is one of the best basketball players in the world. He doesn’t deserve this kind of criticism for accidentally killing a bat. All you are doing is twisting the facts so that you get more publicity. I admire what Manu did and so do many other people. Go BatManu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • te noh says:

    I hate when people twist facts. 1. Modern humans have been around for about 200K years. Anyone could open an ADULT book on evolution and know that. I recommend Ann Gibbons’ “The First Human” Or ask your local biological anthropologist. Lucy does not count different genus AND species c. 3 million years ago. 2. Singer is not “the ONLY major philosopher making an ethical claim that we as humans have a RESPONSIBILITY to help the poorest people on the planet.” There is a whole subfield of socialpolitical philosophy concentrated on global justice. See Pogge Nagel Nielson etc. These people are “major” philosophers even if they’re not popular with some posters. Not all are consequentialists. 3. There is nothing wrong with the form of argument “Nonhuman animals do not have rights because they are nonhuman animals.” There is nothing illogical about this statement. You can disagree but don’t try to act like logic itself is on your side. Plenty of logical people believe that form of argument see Kant Jarvis Thomson Marquis and thousands of other “logical” people. 4. RE prejudice. Not all prejudice is based on antipathy. Sexism and racism are bad precisely because there is no scientific basis for the claim that eg blacks are essentially intellectually inferior to whites. There is basis for the claim that humans have cognitive abilities that nonhuman animals lack. 5. Manu apologized so we ought to move on. This was not a calculated act of violence against an animal. The act was not based on speciesist antipathy e.g. I must swat this bat because bats are hateworthy animals. Nor was the act done from systematic bat oppression.

  • Kurt K says:

    Antoine So what about the last oh lets say 20000 years? Are you really going to suggest the people living in the colder climates where vegitarian? I just threw 20000 years out there I’m sure early humans started hunting well before then. Even the tribal people in central Africa and South America hunt other animals. I am of course talking about the recently discovered tribes say in the past 100 years or so. I’ve seen the Nat Geo documentaries those tribes people hunt all sorts of animals. Pigs birds snakes and even spiders. We are going to have to agree to disagree on this one. We both are too biased to convince each other either way. Good conversation though! Somebody Stop with the antiAmerica banter. I’ve read at least 5 posts similar to yours. The United States of America has done far more positive things for this world than Argentina could ever claim. Sure we fight wars when we have to but then again so does Argentina. 1980 Faulkland Islands ring a bell?

  • Somebody says:

    For Jason “hes from argentina thats the kind of stuff they do”. I agree with you Jason. Thats the kind of stuff we the argentinians do. You usually prefer to start a war launch tons of missiles and destroys people homes lifes and everithing else including animals of course. We still dont.

  • Keith Anderson says:

    PETA’s response to this incident was IRRESPONSIBLE. Here are my responses to PETA concerning this incident How dare you link Manu Ginobli to Michael Vick!!! You people have lost ALL credibility with me. You jump on any news story that has anything to do with animals simply for the press regardless of how it may affect the human beings that may have been endangered. Manu risked being bitten or scratched by this bat and may have saved others from being injured by this bat. Your posting is misleading in the statement that bats avoid contacts with humans. My brother was once attacked and scratched by a bat unprovoked by the way and had to endure the same rabies vaccinations that Manu has now had to endure. You are liars seeking press. I am an animal lover and have rats for pets. If a rat had gone loose in a stadium full of people and been killed in the process I wouldn’t have a problem with the killer. Don’t you people care about PEOPLE? Balance things out and drop the politics! Stop trying to ride headlines! Manu’s actions were absolutely heroic in my mind. He MIGHT have saved some lives. Of course you were right about Michael Vick but you’re DEAD wrong about Manu. PETA SUCKS! Thanks for showing your true colors. Stay out of the headlines and politics and protect animals like you’re supposed to but use some common sense. Manu Ginobli does not deserve to be attacked by PETA! IDIOTS!!! JERKS!!!!! PS Your words …We hope that the next time someone’s life is on the line Manu Ginobili will take just a few seconds to think before he acts. Really? “The next time someone’s life is on the line!” My point exactly! Thank you for making it for me. Ya’ll are idiots! Maybe you people should take a few seconds to think before you write again. If he’d taken “a few seconds” to think about it and the bat had flown around freely for the rest of the game might the bat have bitten or scratched someone who’s life was ON THE LINE? You PETA seem to think so which contradicts your statement that bats tend to avoid contact with people. Manu’s split second reaction may have very well avoided the injury of any of the thousands of people in the building. Bite me PETA! I was all about PETA prior to your stance concerning this incident. Now I see you as simple headline chasers with no concern for PEOPLE!

  • Antoine says:

    Simply put Kurt You are wrong. I suggest popping open even a CHILDREN’S book on the evolution of man. Paleolithic man cave man has been around from 6 to 3.5 million years more recent finds even extend it to 7 million and lived ONLY in Central Africa. evolutionnary speaking we are the SAME as paleolithic cave man. the other earlier primates of which you speak were around much LONGER before that. so it is not at all like comparing a turkey to a raptor. It is like comparing a modern day mutated genetically modified sick and unhealthy turkey to his pristine ancestor of yore. Shawn refer to my previous argument What are YOU doing to help the homeless and the starving children of the world? We know you don’t care about animals but how does US caring about animals mean that we are CAUSING homelessness and starvation? Jared You are a total coward if you are afraid of a little bat smaller than your hand and an innocent fool if you actually believe that the bat was not dead. OF COURSE he will say that the bat didn’t die but he palmed her off to the worker who walked off with her in his hand. Even if she were alive there is NO WAY that the chicken eating worker walked ten minutes to go outside to release her. If she was alive he just flushed her down the toilet or threw her in the trash. Colin There was a time when most men thought that women were not people under the law who could formulate thoughts and yet another time when most people agreed with slavery. Just because most people agree with your prejudice does not make it any less of a despicable prejudice. And a prejudicial argument is not a valid one because it is a judgment based on something arbitrary that has nothing to do with actual logical thought. ie I fear someone who punched me in the face logical. I fear someone because they have a mustache illogical. I think that animals do not deserve rights because…well. just because! because they are animals illogical. Thinking critically is not hard you just have to try. First erase everything that you are being told by society than look at the facts and think for yourself…and remember to ask yourself how you feel every step of the way.

  • Unknown says:

    I admire Ginobili’s actions