PETA Statement: Catfish Are Animals, Not Hockey Props

For Immediate Release:
May 30, 2017

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Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Pittsburgh – Below, please find a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in response to the charges filed against a man who reportedly threw a dead catfish onto the ice during Monday night’s Stanley Cup final:

Whether catfish or cat, it’s never acceptable to toss any sensitive, intelligent animal’s body onto the ice during a hockey game. PETA appreciates PPG Paints Arena’s swift action to eject the fan and have him charged with several crimes, which will remind all sports fans that this offensive behavior will not be tolerated. We trust that all NHL arenas will follow suit.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and PETA’s letter thanking the Pittsburgh Penguins for the arena’s swift action on Monday is available here.

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