PETA urges Shane Victorino to strike spam from his menu

Shane Victorino
Shane Victorino

HONOLULU (KHNL) - After learning that Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino's favorite food is Spam musubi, PETA or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is asking him to stop eating it.

The group has sent the Maui native a letter saying animals are abused to make Spam.

In the letter, PETA states that it recently conducted an undercover investigation on a factory farm that breeds pigs who are slaughtered for Hormel, the maker of Spam.

"We suspect that the cruelty in every can of Spam will infuriate Shane more than a high Hiroki Kuroda fastball," said PETA assistant director Dan Shannon.  "If Shane likes Spam a lot, he should buy tickets to the Broadway play but leave it off his dinner plate."

PETA says while Spam might be a popular food in Hawaii, it is urging Victorino to abandon the product and try some veggie options instead.

PETA wants Victorino to join other athletes like John Salley, Ricky Williams and Tony Gonzalez, who the group says, have chosen healthy and humane vegetarian eating.