MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It seems the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have punked the Miami Marlins.

PETA, which objected to the installation of two enormous aquariums that serve as a home-plate backstop at the new Marlins Park (a/k/a The Fish Tank), purchased one of the commemorative bricks on display in the East Plaza.

The brick reads: “Florida Is Still Hosting Incredible Night Games. Help Us Reach The Stars. Cheer Our Marlins!”

There’s nothing wrong with that message but PETA has a hidden message in the engraved stone.

The first letter of each word spells out “”

It’s a page on PETA’s website about what it claims to be cruelty involved in fishing.

“PETA’s brick is designed to remind everyone that fish feel pain and suffer when they’re impaled with a sharp metal hook and pulled into an environment in which they can’t breathe,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in an e-mailed statement. “Instead of hooking fish, PETA wants Marlins fans to get hooked on compassion—and bench fishing permanently.”

According to PETA, Marlins are a species of fish which are intelligent, sensitive animals who feel pain. Fish which are caught and released often die from their injuries.


Comments (17)
  1. Peta Sucks! says:

    PETA … People Eating Tasty Animals!

  2. Charles says:

    That is such a clever code!

    Way to go PETA!

  3. Krystal says:

    I will never stop fishing along with everyone I know 🙂 Oh and I bow hunt too!

  4. Cece says:

    This article makes me hingry for fish…mmm…delicious. I think some fish might have to be on the menu tonight. I will dedicate my meal in honor of PETA.

  5. hp says:

    Fishing feeds my family. PETA can Fry Up Curry Koi On Fun Friday.

  6. Traci says:

    Well maybe you wouldn’t think it was so great if someone either stuck a large hook in your mouth and pulled you by it or shot you with an arrow! Animals do feel pain just like people.

  7. Fishing Me says:

    I hear PETA members make great bait for sharks!!!!

  8. Harry Saks says:

    PETA, Is a bunch of Tools tell them to move to Canada!

  9. greg says:

    As if anyone will ever even know that the brick is some weird anagram to their website…really, the only way anyone even knows it was there is because someone at PETA decided, “He he …we got one over on this team..” But oh, did they say how much they spent on this brick? I bet they could have easily bought radio or tv commercial time that someone would have actually seen or paid attention to…

  10. Tim says:

    Fish feel pain. Cows feel pain. Deer feel pain. So do carrots, celery, broccoli, puppies, kitty-cats, horses, and turtles. Pain is all a part of life. Nowhere in the annals of history was it ever said that man should be vegetarian. Nowhere in history has man ever created a group as idiotic and self-serving as PETA. You don’t like meat. We get that. MOST PEOPLE LIKE MEAT and will continue to eat it, pain and all. Just don’t eat carrots. They feel the pain.

  11. BK Martin says:

    I’m sure the PETA members sat around and like giggled and stuff at how they punk’d the Marlins. A grade school stunt by juvinile minds…

  12. BK Martin says:

    OOps, sorry about the spelling error…

  13. NHSAM says:


  14. artfrankmiami says:

    Gee, will PETA complain about how bears treat Salmon? I was watching a doc today that they were grabbing the fish from the river and ripping them in half.

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