MIAMI-, Florida- In constructing their new stadium the Miami Marlins may have just crossed the line into animal abuse say some activists. The Marlins installed to huge aquariums behind home plate.
Marlins President David Samson says using aquariums as a backstop “screams Miami,” but animal rights activists think it screams animal abuse. Experts on fish wellbeing are undecided on the matter.
The first issue is that of breakage. The Manufacturing company says that is not an issue because they were constructed not to break and they even had one of the Marlins wail balls against it.
Secondly the activists worry about vibrations.
Animal Rights Foundation of Florida spokesman Don Anthony told the local press,
“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. 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,”
To compensate for the vibrations of a noisy crowd the manufacturers built the structure out of Neoprene so it will absorb the vibrations. The activists are skeptical that it will help.
The question I am sure all Marlins fans will be wondering on opening day is how are the fish in the fish tank?
Do you think it is Animal Cruelty for the Miami Marlins to keep two giants fish tanks behind home plate or do you think paying attention to fish is silly?