After an incident of intolerance of one species of another, PETA made a formal request that live mascots be retired from football teams—period!
During the recent Sugar Bowl matchup between the Texas Longhorns and the Georgia Bulldogs, many are thinking maybe the days of live mascots for college football teams may well be over.
The incident in question preceded the Sugar Bowl game between the mascots for the Texas Longhorns and the Georgia Bulldogs.
It seems when the Texas mascot, Bevo, and Georgia mascot, Uga, were to meet and have a photoshoot, Bevo decided to rush Uga, causing panic and pandemonium.
Even worse, Bevo for some unknown reason got very angry and proceeded to crash through the metal barricades and then rushed the onlookers on the field. Panic and pandemonium set in until Bevo was eventually calmed down and was safely led to and placed back in his pen.
Thankfully there were no reports of anyone being hurt or injured in the incident.
PETA felt the need to contact both schools, issuing a letter urging for them to discontinue the practice of using live mascots, after what could have been a massive tragedy on Wednesday. Lisa Lange, senior VP of PETA stated in the letter:
“It is indefensible to subject animals to the stress of being packed up, carted from state to state and paraded in a stadium full of screaming fans.”
The letter went on to state that it was no wonder the steer reacted the way it did, and that the incident could have had a much worse outcome. PETA also called for the two teams to officially retire their live mascots, and like other teams stick to dressed up mascots that dance around and pump up the fans without chance of harm.
Bevo and Uga are not the only live mascots that have been in the headlines lately. Earlier this year a petition was circulated that called for the LSU team to retire their live mascot, a tiger named Mike.