Cheese. (popehippo) wrote in ontd_political,

From Michael Vick's involvement with dog fighting to Tony Gonzalez posing nude for an anti-fur ad, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals hasn't had trouble staying involved with sports.

After the death of Uga VII, the University of Georgia's bulldog mascot, PETA requested to Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans that the school use either an animatronic or a costumed mascot.

"Like other dogs, bulldogs love to run and play, but their compromised respiratory system causes these playful animals to struggle for breath," wrote Desiree Acholla, the animal rights group's specialist in animals that are used in entertainment. "Poor ventilation and hot or humid weather can be deadly for a purebred bulldog."

Even if the university hasn't responded, there has already been plenty of reaction.

"I can assure the friendly, caring folks at PETA that very few, if any, dogs are treated better, or are more beloved, than Uga," wrote Matt Hayes of the Sporting News. "I can safely say that the UGA mascots live better, live larger, than a majority of Georgia fans."

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