Last week, the Marlins revealed plans to install two saltwater aquariums behind home plate in the new ball park. Naturally, it didn't take publicity hounds PETA much time to catch wind of the plans and pen a letter to the Marlins concerning the cruel injustice of subjecting precious ocean life to something as inhumane as 81 Marlins home games a year.
``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,'' wrote PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman in the letter.
``I hope to hear that you have decided to leave fish in the ocean where they belong,'' Reiman wrote.
Marlins president David Samson said... the Marlins would make sure the aquarium fish would be treated well.
``I can assure you the fish will be treated as well, or better, than any fish can be,'' he said.
FishStripes submits the thunderous roar of a Tuesday night crowd of 7,018 is far less traumatic than being eaten by a barracuda in an actual coral reef (are we the only ones who saw the opening scene of Finding Nemo???).
Then again, subjecting innocent marine life to the Marlins bullpen could definitely border cruel and unusual punishment.