PETA’s Pitch to Liberate the Lingo of Baseball: Scratch ‘Bullpen’ for ‘Arm Barn’

Published by Danny Prater.

As the World Series turns into a pitching duel, PETA is pitching a proposal to the baseball world: Strike out the word “bullpen”—which refers to the holding area where terrified bulls are kept before slaughter—in favor of a more modern, animal-friendly term. PETA’s suggestion? The arm barn!

arm barn to replace bullpen in MLB

Words matter, and baseball’s “bullpens” devalue talented players and mock the misery of sensitive animals. PETA is encouraging Major League Baseball (MLB) coaches, announcers, players, and fans to changeup their language and embrace “the arm barn” instead.

Strike Speciesism From Your Life: Why Words Matter

In the meat industry, cows are hung upside down and their throats are slit, while in rodeos, gentle bulls are goaded into kicking and bucking by being electroshocked. While they await their violent fate, these sensitive, frightened animals are typically held in a “bullpen.”

It has perhaps never been more evident that words carry immense power—even within the baseball diamond. People are striving to eradicate racist, sexist, homophobic, and ableist phrases (or team names) from our common language. But unfortunately, many of us also grew up hearing phrases that condone violence toward animals and perpetuate speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. Sayings such as “kill two birds with one stone,” “beat a dead horse,” “bring home the bacon,” and “bullpen” all normalize violent acts against some of the most defenseless members of our society.

Here’s What You Can Do to Help Spread the Word About the ‘Arm Barn’

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

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