Don’t Allow Fans to Throw Octopuses at Games

Target: Ken Holland, General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings

Goal: Prohibit fans from throwing octopuses as part of a tradition at Red Wings games.

As part of a 70-year-old sports tradition, die-hard Red Wings fans have thrown octopuses — some live, some dead — onto the rink after their team has scored a goal. With a new hockey season underway, PETA and others are urging the owners of the Detroit-based team to put an end to this cruel and inhumane practice. There is no good reason to throw an innocent animal, such as an octopus, and we must send a message that this can no longer be accepted at games.

While throwing any material, including a living or deceased octopus, onto an ice rink is considered illegal and is subject to a $500 fine for littering under Detroit law, this has done nothing to stop committed fans from tossing the creatures in the past. More must be done to deter this behavior and keep fans from getting into the arena with the creatures in the first place.

Octopus are intelligent, sensitive creatures that deserve better than to be subjected to this cruel fate. Sign this petition to demand that the owners of the Detroit Red Wings take this issue seriously and eject or severely fine any fan found with octopuses at their games.


Dear Mr. Holland,

With the start of a new season comes the opportunity to turn over a new leaf. That is why I am hopeful that you will stand with PETA and other animal rights organizations and commit to putting an end to a sickening and cruel tradition a number of fans of your team have taken part in for the past 70 years. The practice of throwing octopuses onto the rink after a goal is scored is wasteful and undignified to these creatures when they are already deceased, and is unthinkably barbaric when it involves living animals.

Please do what you can to ensure that fans are no longer able to throw octopuses at your games for any reason. We urge you to severely fine or eject anyone who enters the arena with the intent to throw an octopus or any other animal.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ken Lund

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  1. Patricia Dumais says:

    Gee, what a mess that must create! Anyone who throws anything into the rink should pay for the clean-up – that would put an end to this behaviour.

  2. I am certain that octopi are infinitely more intelligent than any member of any sports team, and light years more intelligent than any sports audience. Outside of a handful of evolved, decent human beings, the vast majority of the human species is violent and stupid. A plague or asteroid needs to wipe out most of them.


  4. If you want to throw an octopus throw an inflatable octopus, that way you can reuse it over and over again. Throwing live (or even dead) creatures is inhumane and disgusting!

  5. Nooshin Perla says:


  6. Stop this cruelty now throw them bastards

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