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PETA Wants The Rays To Close Their Fish Tank After Miguel Cabrera’s Home Run Almost Killed A Ray [BI Sports]
Held captive? Loud crowds and harassment? "When it comes to compassion, the Rays are batting .000." Really? Shut the hell up.
As the article states - 'Of course, it would seem that the chances of a ball actually injuring a ray are extremely small. Carbrera's home run was just the second in eight seasons to land in the tank, which allows fans to pet and feed the cownose rays. In addition, the likelihood of a ball actually hitting a ray that is scooting along the bottom of the tank and still be traveling fast enough to injure the ray makes this scenario unlikely to ever happen.'
I really, truly despise PETA.
Well, I would think the cow-nosed rays would rather dodge a baseball once every 5 or 6 years then dodge sharks & fishing hooks daily! lol
lol, wow...if you watch the video, the ball goes what 3 inches into the water, before floating to the surface?
Those Rays are so well taken care of every time I've one out there, their are usually about 3 people attending to the area, and they only allow about 20 people out there at a time.
Prof., as a scientist you can probably speak more intelligibly on this than anyone else on here. What is the likelihood of 1) A ray being on the surface in that part of the tank where they aren't being feed. While also, an object the size and weight of a baseball, and made of mostly cork travelling through the water to the depths of where the Rays are located?
I'm guessing the Cubs will in a World Series before a cownose stingray is injured via a baseball during a game at Tropicana Field. If anything I'd imagine the rays are at greatest risk during BP when guys are getting soft tossed meatballs to crush, and fans are more likely to be out there feeding them, and they are more likely to be at the surface of the water. Even then I don't see the rays being at any substantial risk of 'serious injury'... PETA being PETA...
They are simply ridiculous! Have nothing better to yap about.
Go home PETA, youre drunk.
Has any data been offered for the mortality rate of the Rays tank? To me, the educational opportunities and increased appreciation of wildlife may be worth it. People care more about animals when they get to see and interact with them firsthand.
Forget about the "likelihood of a ball hitting one" part of the letter for a moment. I am not a fan of wild animals being held in captivity unless they are rescues, which these aren't. They are confined to an extremely small space and swim in a circle up against glass 24 hours a day.
PETA's problem is they have taken some over-the-top positions on things in the past, and therefore they lose credibility during the times they might actually have a point, like now.
I've never been a big fan of the Ray tank.
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