Besides the most hideous structure ever built sitting out in left-center at the Miami Marlins new stadium, the most unique attraction at the park is the aquarium directly behind home plate, complete with live fish. A pretty cool concept for a stadium that is located in one of the worst places the team could have chosen. The Marlins claim that it is extremely safe for the fish, and pretty much unbreakable for the environment and conditions that it will endure. They have even hit live baseballs at the glass, and has pitching machines chuck balls at it. It hasn’t broke. But that isn’t what is at issue right now for animal rights activists at the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida.
“I can tell you even if the glass doesn’t shatter, it’s going to cause a tremendous vibration and disturb and upset the fish,” Anthony said. “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.”
He did say “I don’t know if its on the high end of animal abuse, I don’t know if its going to upset them to the point that it kills them,” but pointed out that if fish in somebody’s living-room aquarium get startled by one person tapping on the glass, it was a pretty safe bet the fish forever trapped in a colosseum of stomping, screaming, booing fans would be perturbed.
“Why put animals in a place like that, in a place where animals don’t belong?” he said. “Fish are not a decoration.”
But you had to know that this was coming. The Marlins have tried to reassure those with concerns that fish are indeed safe, and won’t suffer any kind of trauma due to the activities taking place around them.
If this group is worried about a few balls hitting the glass, they should be more concerned about the 5-year-olds that go to aquariums and pound and scream at the glass on field trips. What is more traumatic than seeing some snot-nosed kid with his middle teeth missing licking your living quarters?