Free for Predators Fans: Catfish Squeezies!

PETA Will Give Away Fun Fish-Shaped Stress Balls in Bid to Keep Real Catfish off the Ice

For Immediate Release:
April 9, 2019

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Nashville, Tenn. – As Predators fans pour into the Bridgestone Arena for the first home play-off game on Wednesday, PETA supporters—many of whom are Preds fans themselves—will be there with boxes full of free catfish squeeze balls with the message “Respect Animals” printed on them for spectators.

When:    Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.

Where:    Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville

“Catfish are unique individuals who feel pain and fear, value their own lives, and deserve our respect,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “It’s no more acceptable to throw catfish corpses onto the ice than it would be to throw cat corpses, and PETA hopes these squeezies will help keep the game fun for fans and fish alike.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is the human-supremacist view that other species are commodities. The group proposes that Predators fans be checked for concealed catfish at the door and that consequences include immediate ejection, a lifelong ban on attending games, and a fine of $5,000 for attempting to bring these animals into the arena.

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