Target: Gary Bettman, Commissioner of National Hockey League (NHL)
Goal: Ban live animals at NHL games and events.
Recently, at a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium provided penguins to march out on the ice. The arena was packed with people and extremely loud. This situation was incredibly stressful for these animals and it is time to stop the exploitation.
Animal held in captivity already face a number of mental and physical challenges daily. Forcing these animals into large, loud, crowded arenas only makes things worse. Penguins naturally evade humans, so forcing them into the chaos of a crowded hockey arena makes for a very tense and nerve-wracking situation for these animals.
Sign this petition and demand the NHL ban live animals at games and events. Animals belong in the wild, not crowded hockey arenas.
Dear Mr. Bettman
Recently, the Pittsburgh Penguins had live penguins march along the ice during one of its loud and crowded games. This is an incredibly stressful situation for animals and it is time to stop this unnecessary exploitation.
Animals held in captivity already face a number of physical and mental health problems. Captivity makes them more susceptible to disease and often leads to stress behaviors like pacing and consistent rocking back and forth. Forcing these animals into an even more stressful situation only makes matters worse. These animals naturally evade humans, so dragging them into loud, crowded arenas causes unimaginable stress.
Please consider banning live animals at NHL games and events. Crowded hockey arenas are no place for wild animals.
[Your Name Here]
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