‘Arm Barn’ Gear Helps Fans Hit a Home Run for Animals

For Immediate Release:
May 9, 2022

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – PETA’s zingy and animal-friendly term “arm barn” isn’t just shaking up the baseball world after going viral—it’s making its way onto fans’ shirts and hats now that baseball season is in full swing. Launching today for preorder at the PETA Shop are caps and tees emblazoned with the catchphrase “Bring On the Arm Barn” to advocate for the replacement of the term “bullpen,” which references the holding area where bulls are kept before slaughter.

“Baseball fans can now sport their preference for the animal-friendly term ‘arm barn’ by throwing on a shirt or a cap,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s new gear encourages everyone to knock it out of the park with a changeup to language that’s not only current but also kind to cows.”

PETA notes that cows don’t ever get any relief: In the meat industry, their end comes when they’re hung upside down and their throats are slit, while bulls used in rodeos are tormented into kicking and bucking by being electroshocked or prodded—and all are typically held in a “bullpen” beforehand. By suggesting a term that doesn’t make light of this suffering, PETA launched a nationwide conversation during the last World Series, prompting multiple teams—including the Los Angeles Angels and the San Francisco Giants—to adopt the buzzy upgrade.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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