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Texas Rangers pitcher Martin Perez suffered a broken right elbow in December when a bull apparently started him so much that he fell and landed awkwardly. Not really a big deal given Perez is a lefty and he’s already throwing in spring training, but a fun nugget of information on the bull did drop this week: the bull is dead.
From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Left-hander Martin Perez said on Sunday that the bull that charged him in December and caused him to break his right elbow was slaughtered shortly after the accident for beef. And, it seems, revenge.
It’s what’s for dinner.
“I killed him and I ate him,” Perez said.
“It was good meat,” Perez said. “No more bull.”
An aggressive move, but the bull did somewhat threaten Perez’s professional career so I get it. PETA, on the other hand, does not and denounced him for this “vengeful act” in an open letter. Oh, and they also call on him to switch to a vegan diet, which seems unlikely.
We heard that you killed and ate the bull who was involved in the incident in which you broke your elbow at your Venezuelan ranch. Have you considered what might have caused the incident? Perhaps you frightened him. Perhaps he felt that he had to defend his turf, just as you or I would. Whatever it was, we have to ask why you felt that you had to prove that you had power over him by robbing him of his life. We hope that upon reflection, you’ll feel that making a show of eating him was not only a cruel thing to do but also an unjustifiable, vengeful act that makes you look small. Bulls are surely worthy of respect and admiration.
Obviously, you can’t bring this magnificent being back to life, but you could do something that would actually benefit you as well as other bulls. To get in shape for the season, would you consider changing up your diet, as so many other professional athletes have done recently in order to improve their performance? From Wilson Chandler and Lewis Hamilton to Kyrie Irving and Rich Roll, vegan athletes are changing the face of sports. Avoiding meat, eggs, and dairy “products” can help you prevent heart disease, cancer, and diabetes—and prolong your career—and we’re here to help. No bull. I’m sending you a basket of delicious vegan treats for you to enjoy, and we hope you’ll take this opportunity to make a change.
Andrew Bernstein and the PETA Team
And that’s your reminder for the week that PETA remains the worst.