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Morning Mail: Animal activists call fish abuse over Miami Marlins’ backstop fish tanks

Mar 19, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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Fun fact: Marlins Executive VP for Ballpark Development Claude Delorme said that the new fish tanks that line the backstop area at Marlins Park were tested by having Marlins first-baseman Gaby Sanchez wing baseballs at them. He was clocked at 84 mph, and no, they didn’t break. But still, some animal activists are asking, why place fish in an environment where fish don’t belong?

But even if the 100 fish inside the tanks are sure to stay wet, activists have another concern. “I can tell you even if the glass doesn’t shatter, [stadium noise is] going to cause a tremendous vibration and disturb and upset the fish,” Animal Rights Foundation of Florida spokesman Don Anthony told the local press. “Fish are not a decoration.”

To minimize vibrations from a stadium full of rowdy fans, the temperature-controlled aquariums are suspended on a flexible material called neoprene, but activists think that isn’t sufficient. “No matter how many shock absorbers they build into the system, if there are thousands of fans screaming and jumping during a sporting event it’s going to affect the fish in there,” Anthony said.

Mat Roy of Ft. Lauderdale-based Living Color Aquariums, which made the tanks, said “We’ve taken every precaution. All that we can do is show that over the test of time, these animals are doing just fine.”

Whether this is animal abuse or not, the fact remains that these aquariums seem like something a millionaire drug kingpin would have in his lair … or what future Biff would have in his living room in Back to the Future II.

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  1. mjdkid100 - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    “No matter how many shock absorbers they build into the system, if there are thousands of fans screaming and jumping during a sporting event it’s going to affect the fish in there,” Anthony said.

    Clearly this guy has never actually seen a Marlins game. Should be quiet enough for them.

    • jlber1003 - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      “No matter how many shock absorbers they build into the system, if there are thousands of fans screaming and jumping during a sporting event it’s going to affect the fish in there,” They’ve done research on this or are they just talking out of their asses? Their priorities are all f…ed up!

    • pjmarn6 - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:12 AM

      Gee what do fish do when there are hurricanes and storms? Put plugs in their ears? I know, take the fish out after the game and grill them and get new fish!

      Or put some petas in the tanks…….hmmmm doesn’t pets sound like some sort of bread? No that is a pita, close but no starfish! Gee what do all those lobsters and crayfish do locked up in those fish holds day after day? The boat is rocking, the hard shells are banging against each other, must be like a jack hammer day after day!

  2. Walk - Mar 19, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    People yell and scream and cause vibrations at seaworld as well. I have not seen any complaints about that. In fact if the fish do not jump out and maul some ticket holders i think this is probably a better set up than whale tanks at seaworld.

    • dowhatifeellike - Mar 19, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      PETA actually complains about Seworld all the time. They’re trying to get whales and porpoises counted as people as far as human rights are concerned.

      Not that I care, but that’s the reality of the situation. They care about animals more than their own species.

  3. massive - Mar 19, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Damn those thundering waves all over the world … upsetting the poor sea life. Beat a dog, i’ll kick your a$$. Annoy a fish ? … come on man!

  4. mrarcadian - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Makes me wonder if the fish came out of the water and talked to these PETA people, ans said ” can you tell these humans to quiet it down a bit, a fish cant swim!!”

    Also i dont think PETA understand the fish are safer in a tank than out in the real sea!! So many predators, so PETA should concentrate on human speceice instead of animals, the animals dont care about US human you dont see them protesting in schools for US eveytime a shark attacks a HUMAN.
    PETA priorities are SCREWED!!!!!

  5. crkreg - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Its obvious that PETA hasn’t done its homework here. Dont they know that there have never been thousands of fans at a Marlins game? There are more screaming kids at the National Aquarium in Baltimore than go to baseball games in S. Florida.