Martín Pérez Slammed by PETA for Vengeful Killing of Bull

Group Urges Rangers Pitcher to Make a Compassionate Change by Going Vegan

For Immediate Release:
March 22, 2018

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Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Dallas – After Texas Rangers pitcher Martín Pérez admitted to killing a bull who spooked him at his Venezuelan ranch last year, causing him to fall and break his elbow, PETA is calling on the 26-year-old to make up for his heartless act by going vegan. The group sent the player a package of vegan treats today in the hope of inspiring him to set a better example for his fans by leading a more compassionate lifestyle.

“We hope that upon reflection, you’ll feel that making a show of eating him was not only a cruel thing to do but also an unjustifiable, vengeful act that makes you look small,” wrote PETA. “Obviously, you can’t bring this magnificent being back to life, but you could do something that would actually benefit you as well as other bulls … [by] changing up your diet.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that going vegan reduces your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer and spares more than 100 animals a year daily suffering and a terrifying death.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

PETA’s letter to Martín Pérez follows.

Dear Martín,

We heard that you killed and ate the bull who was involved in the incident in which you broke your elbow at your Venezuelan ranch. Have you considered what might have caused the incident? Perhaps you frightened him. Perhaps he felt that he had to defend his turf, just as you or I would. Whatever it was, we have to ask why you felt that you had to prove that you had power over him by robbing him of his life. We hope that upon reflection, you’ll feel that making a show of eating him was not only a cruel thing to do but also an unjustifiable, vengeful act that makes you look small. Bulls are surely worthy of respect and admiration.

Obviously, you can’t bring this magnificent being back to life, but you could do something that would actually benefit you as well as other bulls. To get in shape for the season, would you consider changing up your diet, as so many other professional athletes have done recently in order to improve their performance? From Wilson Chandler and Lewis Hamilton to Kyrie Irving and Rich Roll, vegan athletes are changing the face of sports. Avoiding meat, eggs, and dairy “products” can help you prevent heart disease, cancer, and diabetes—and prolong your career—and we’re here to help. No bull. I’m sending you a basket of delicious vegan treats for you to enjoy, and we hope you’ll take this opportunity to make a change.

With hope,

Andrew Bernstein and the PETA Team

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