PETA wants Red Wings to modify octopus tradition

06 October, 2017, 08:22 | Author: Sherman Richardson
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Those are courtesy of PETA, the animal rights group which has been outspokenly against Detroit fans' tradition of throwing dead octopuses onto the ice during Red Wings games.

"Octopuses are intelligent, sensitive animals who feel pain, and it's no more acceptable to kill one for such a disrespectful, frivolous, and stupid goal than it is to throw dead bear cubs onto the ice during a Bruins game", PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said. "And we hope the new stadium will usher in a new eara of compassion for them".

Detroit - What: As Red Wings fans arrive for the first regular season home game at the new Little Caesars Arena on Thursday, PETA will be there with boxes full of free octopus squeezes with the message "Respect Animals" printed on them for spectators.

The Red Wings played their last game at Joe Louis Arena on April 9 after 38 years there.

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Tossing an octopus on the ice at key games has been a tradition with the Red Wings since it was begun by a couple of brothers with a store in Eastern Market - who famously chose the eight-armed octopus to symbolize eight National Hockey League playoff games. The puck went across the Detroit goal line twice in the first, but goaltender interference was called both times and the period ended scoreless.

Even before the opening faceoff, fans were already partaking in that old Detroit tradition of tossing octopi on the ice.

Fans can see current players and alumni walk the carpet through the Chevrolet Plaza to enter the arena prior to the game, where the Red Wings will face the Minnesota Wild at 7:30 p.m.

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