December 02, 2009
PETA Wants to Banish the University of Georgia Bulldog
By David DiBenedetto
Here’s the latest from the blowhards at PETA.
After the University of Georgia’s mascot, Uga VII, died earlier this month, PETA sent a letter to the school requesting they not use a live dog as their mascot but rather a robotic dog or a costumed human. The letter claimed the English bulldogs were being inbred to “create a brand for the university,” and that “inbreeding” leads to congenital health defects.
I did not attend the University of Georgia, but I do have a dog in this fight. I grew up in Savannah, Georgia, making me a Dawgs fan by birth. And Savannah is the home of the Seiler family, who have been the owners of every Uga since 1956.
I know that every Uga lived better than most middle-income kids—and then some. In fact, Uga VII had a vet on call 24/7 during his tenure. And at football games he slept in an air-conditioned doghouse that also housed a few bags of ice. He was trotted onto the field after touchdowns.
And as the Savannah Morning News reported, “As one of the nation’s most famous mascots, Uga has a lineage that’s as closely monitored as members of the British House of Lords.”
I’m no fan of true inbreeding but I had no idea that PETA’s official stance was against the breeding of ALL dogs. Honestly, where does it stop?