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PETA slams Pittsburgh Penguins for using live penguins as pregame entertainment

PETA criticized the NHLs Pittsburgh Penguins in letter {over the|on the|within the} teams {use of|usage of|utilization of} penguins {for its|because of its|for the} pregame entertainment before the team took the ice {against the|contrary to the|from the} Philadelphia Flyers in {a game|a casino game|a game title} at Heinz Field last month.

The Penguins and Flyers were set to play {in front of|before|facing} a packed house at Heinz Field on Feb. 25 and a video shows penguins waddling {across the|over the|throughout the} ice , the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday.

PETA sent a carefully-worded letter to the Penguins president and CEO David Morehouse, urging the team {to never|never to|to prevent} again have live animals at Heinz Field. {The organization|The business|The corporation} also called the video footage disturbing.

It’s inherently stressful for wild animals like penguins to be hauled around, used as props, and {exposed to|subjected to|confronted with} noisy crowds, with or without explosives going off, PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman said in a statement to the newspaper . PETA is calling for the only Penguins on the ice at Heinz Field to be humans on skates.

Tracy Gray, a spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh Zoo, dismissed PETAs assertion that the penguins {used on|applied to|utilized on} the ice last month were under a stressful environment.

The penguins who attended {the Winter|the wintertime|winter months} Classic are some of the same penguins that participate in our weekend Penguins on Parade event, Gray said. {They are|They’re|They truly are} very comfortable around people and noises. In addition , {it was|it had been|it absolutely was} a great enrichment opportunity for our penguins to be introduced to new sounds, sights, and smells. Keepers and our Senior Veterinarian were with the penguins {at all times|all the time|constantly} on the ice.

Gray added that the penguins were temporarily startled {when a|whenever a|each time a} pyro technical display made a loud noise.

The Post-Gazette reported that the NHL was responsible for the pregame show and not the Penguins franchise.

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Ryan Gaydos is a news editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos .

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