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PETA protests Packers' name

PETA protests Packers' name

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An animal rights group wants a new name for the Green Bay Packers, but team president Bob Harlan says no way.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said Monday in a letter to Harlan that the name promotes violence and bloodshed because it refers to meatpackers, or those who work in slaughterhouses.

The letter from PETA vegetarian campaign coordinator Bruce Friedrich suggests making the team the Green Bay "Pickers," referring to picking fruits, vegetables and other crops, or possibly the Green Bay "Six-Packers," referring to the state's brewing history.

"We've been the Packers since 1919, and this is the first time anyone has suggested that we change our name," Harlan said in reply. "We like our name, our tradition.

"We want to save the name like we want to save the name of Lambeau Field."

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