PETA Thanks Penguins for Ejecting Hockey Fish Thrower

Published by Kate Tuggle.

Whether catfish or cat, it is never acceptable to toss any sensitive, intelligent animal’s body onto the ice during a hockey game. When a catfish was thrown onto the ice during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, PPG Paints Arena sprang into action to eject and charge the fan with several crimes.

PETA applauds the arena for taking swift action that will remind all sports fans that this offensive behavior won’t be tolerated. We hope that all NHL arenas will follow suit!

In a letter to the Pittsburgh Penguins, PETA noted that fish are sentient beings, capable of feeling fear, pain, and stress. They are also highly social, forming bonds and grieving when community members are lost. No being—regardless of species or circumstance—should be forced to endure a cruel death or have their body desecrated in such a way.

Fish are smart, interesting animals with their own unique personalities, and just like dogs, cats, and humans, fish feel pain. Scientists who study pain are in complete agreement that the fish pain response is basically identical to the pain response system in mammals and birds.

What You Can Do

The best way to save animals every day is by keeping them off your plate! Order PETA’s free vegan starter kit for great tips and recipes to help you make the transition to a fish-free vegan diet.

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind