PETA Wants Rays To Remove Trop’s Touch Tank

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has written the Tampa Bay Rays, asking the team to remove its rays “touch tank” from Tropicana Field.

The letter to team counsel John Higgins from Delcianna Winders, director of PETA’s captive animal law enforcement, claims the tank, behind the right-center field wall, places the fish in danger of being injured or killed by an errant ball.

“And as recent events have demonstrated, that threat is all too real,” Winders wrote.

PETA’s request comes a week after Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera hit a home run that splashed into the tank. It has happened one other time, by Luis Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Dodgers, in 2007. No fish were struck in either incident.