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Saturday, April 4, 2020

PETA issues statement in response to Predators catfish incident

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night apparently ruffled some major feathers within the animal rights community.

The 5-3 Penguins victory was marred by an incident in the second period where play was delayed after a Predators fan threw a dead catfish on the ice.

The fan in question was promptly identified and ejected from the game.

TMZ Sports reports that the fan was 36-year-old Jacob Waddell and that he has been charged with “disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime and disrupting meetings/processions,” punishable by up to six years in prison if he is convicted on all counts.

In the wake of the incident, PETA put out the following statement:

Tossing dead catfish onto the ice is actually something of a Predators fan tradition (you can read more about it here). But nonetheless, Monday’s incident was clearly seen as something much more serious than harmless fun.

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