PETA has never been shy about releasing statements about hunters and hunting, but its new target — MLB all-time home runs leader Barry Bonds — is certainly different than the organization’s usual ploy.
Bonds, now the Miami Marlins hitting coach, saw his share of scrutiny during his 22-year career, but never for anything hunting related. PETA was quick to release a comment directed at Bonds after the former pro posted three pictures of trophy kills from previous hunts, 120sports reports.
The Big Lead reports PETA released the following statement:
“It’s been only a year since Walter Palmer gunned down Cecil the lion, and here comes Barry Bonds posing with the corpses of African animals he’s killed for a thrill and Instagram posts. A stuffed head or a pair of antlers is no replacement for the trophies that Bonds hasn’t been able to win since his doping scandal.”
Unlike numerous players that have graced the diamond, including former Atlanta Braves star player Chipper Jones and former Chicago White Sox Adam LaRoche, Bonds has never been outspoken about hunting. However, after one photo’s caption reads, “Lots of people ask me if I hunt and I say yes,” Bonds doesn’t seem to hide his love for the woods.
Bonds has not replied to PETA’s statement, but the posts that caused PETA’s outspokenness are below:
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