PETA is looking for the University of Georgia to be “a winner not solely in soccer but in addition in its remedy of” animals.
In the wake of its second straight National Championship, the animal rights group desires the college to instantly halt its use of its dwell mascot, an English bulldog named Uga.
The group claims that the college’s use of Uga “drives demand for breathing-impaired breeds (BIBs),” like pugs, boxers, and English and French bulldogs.
“As the back-to-back nationwide champion, can’t UGA discover it in its coronary heart to actually study the affect of its promotion of deformed canine and name time on its outdated, live-animal mascot program?” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman mentioned in an announcement obtained by Fox News Digital. “PETA is looking on (University of Georgia president) Jere Morehead to be a peach and change poor Uga with a human mascot who can help the staff in a profitable means.”
French and English bulldogs are susceptible to respiratory points because of their flat faces, and a few dwell with brachycephalic syndrome. Breeding of BIBs is banned in some international locations.
But the college does not appear to have any plans in breaking apart with its beloved mascot.
“We are happy with our beloved mascot and grateful for the superb care supplied by Uga’s devoted house owners, the Seiler household,” Georgia athletic director Josh Brooks mentioned in an announcement to Fox News Digital.
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PETA additionally blasted the National Dog Show, calling the competition “shameful” and saying that the canine’ deformed faces are “nothing to have a good time.”
“PETA – whose motto reads, partially, that ‘animals should not ours to make use of for leisure’ and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – notes that Uga is a residing, feeling being, not a toy to be carted to chaotic soccer stadiums throughout the nation and trotted out in entrance of scores of screaming followers,” PETA wrote in an electronic mail to Fox News Digital.
The group additionally wrote to the college in 2019.
Georgia routed TCU on Monday, 65-7.
There have been 10 “Ugas” because it the mascot first launched in 1956, every of which has been descended from the unique. The latest one is commonly the son of the predecessor.