PETA Wants to Deep Six Marlins' Fish Tank Plans

Expect a PETA protest on Opening Day 2012

By Todd Wright
|  Monday, Jun 14, 2010  |  Updated 6:07 PM EDT
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An aquarium filled with fish behind home plate isn't the smartest idea in the world, but PETA thinks the Marlins' plan for ambiance is inhumane.

The animal rights group has written a letter to the Florida Marlins, asking the team to reconsider installing twin salt water tanks in the new stadium.

We don't have a problem with PETA not wanting fish in a fish stadium, but it's the rationale that is really fishy.

PETA claims the large, screaming crowds will put undue stress on the sea life living inside the scaled down coral reef scene.

"Being exposed to the loud crowds, bright lights, and reverberations of a baseball stadium would be stressful and maddening for any large animals held captive in tanks that, to them, are like bathtubs,'' PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman wrote to the Marlins.

Has anyone from PETA been to a Marlins game? It might be the most peaceful place for any fish.

The motor on a boat  in the open ocean can create more tremors than the empty seats at Sun Life Stadium. And while the new stadium will create a little more excitement for the hometown team, it isn't going to all of a sudden turn into Fenway Park.

Instead of live fish, PETA would like the Marlins to use robotic fish, maybe like the one's in the Terminator Salvation movie. Or you could just put mascot Billy the Marlin in the tank and call it a day.

Expect a naked PETA protest on Opening Day 2012.

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