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PETA Asks MLB to Ban Use of “Bullpen” When Referring to Staging Area Used by Players

In the midst of the World Series, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is attempting to tackle the more pressing issues regarding their crusade to protect animals: by having the MLB stop using the term “bullpen” [1] when referencing the player staging area.

The rationale for said effort is because usage of the term, according to PETA, can invoke images of animal cruelty.


In its over 40-years of existence, PETA continues to look more and more absurd with some of the stances the organization takes, having fallen quite far from the group’s true activism era during the 1981 Silver Spring monkeys case [3].

In PETA’s latest rabblerousing effort [4], they’ve taken aim at America’s favorite pastime: baseball. More specifically, PETA is incensed [5] over the term “bullpen” used in baseball, and took to Twitter on October 28th to suggest changing the term to “arm barn.” In a tweet, the group said, “‘Bullpen’ refers to the area of a ‘bull’s pen’ where bulls are held before they are slaughtered—it’s a word with speciesist roots & we can do better than that. Switching to ‘arm barn’ would be a home run for baseball fans, players, and animals.”

PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman also released a statement [8] on the matter, clamping onto the newfound adage of “words matter” and that such language is rude to players and mocks animals as well. “Words matter,” Reiman said, “and baseball ‘bullpens’ devalue talented players and mock the misery of sensitive animals. PETA encourages Major League Baseball coaches, announcers, players, and fans to changeup their language and embrace the ‘arm barn’ instead.”


The bullpen is the area behind the outfield wall where pitchers warm up in baseball. Warmups for starting pitchers may be seen before games, while relievers warm up throughout games as they prepare to take over for whoever is on the mound.

And what’s most notable about the bullpen on a baseball field is that they’re enclosed areas – much like a literal bullpen since they’re defined as enclosures for bulls.

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One thing to note regarding PETA’s choice of the purported substitute “arm barn” it its unsavory history per a 2006 entry on the Urban Dictionary [11].

One Twitter user was kind enough to point out to PETA the slang usage of the term “arm barn.”