Free for Red Wings Fans: Octopus Squeezes!

PETA Will Give Away Adorable Stress Balls in Plea to Keep Real Octopuses off the Ice

For Immediate Release:
October 4, 2017

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

DetroitWhat:    As Red Wings fans arrive for the first regular season home game at the new Little Caesars Arena on Thursday, PETA will be there with boxes full of free octopus squeezes with the message “Respect Animals” printed on them for spectators. PETA previously took aim at the practice of throwing dead octopuses onto the ice at Red Wings games by asking the National Hockey League to institute a policy against allowing animals at games and events—and now, it’s making the plea directly to fans.

When:    Thursday, October 5, 6 p.m.

Where:    Little Caesars Arena, at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Sproat Street, Detroit

“Octopuses are intelligent, sensitive animals who use tools, communicate with one another, form romantic social bonds, and deserve our respect,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA hopes the Red Wings’ new stadium will usher in a new era of compassion for these remarkable animals.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—proposes checking Red Wings fans for concealed octopuses at the door, with consequences including 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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