In the wake of UGA VII’s recent death, PETA blogger Logan Scherer has a novel suggestion about the direction the University of Georgia should take on its mascot.
(For a nude PETA poster of October Gonzalez, how ’bout UGA robot coach?)
To help end the crisis—and UGA’s string of preventable mascot deaths—we’re asking the University to honor Uga VII by replacing him with an animatronic or solely using their costumed mascot, Hairy Dawg.
We can’t think of a more fitting legacy for Uga VII than to stop the breeding of animals, which causes so many lethal genetic problems like those that undoubtedly contributed to his untimely death.
You read that right kids, PETA wants the school to considering using a robot bulldog as its mascot on game day.
Scherer cites the common knowledge about the breed’s genetic impairments as the main reason to eliminate a live bulldog as the Georgia mascot. The author implies that the popularity of the school’s practice only leads to more inbreeding among Bulldogs.
Of course, Scherer presents zero empirical data to support his claim, instead partially blaming the plight of the breed on the school’s tradition.
As an alumnus of the University of Georgia, I have witnessed first hand that the popularity of the UGA mascot has done nothing but increase the chances that other bulldogs will enjoy better care by their owners. Not to mention decreasing the chance of bulldogs being abandoned at birth or by owners later in life.
The major, obvious reason Bulldogs are so bred so enthusiastically is because of their centuries-long symbolic significance, from the Georgia Bulldog to the venerable English Bulldog.
But Scherer’s basic claim about the overbreeding of Bulldogs is true, but his later contention about poor conditions the Georgia mascots live under is an utter falsehood.
Having personally met the caretakers of the Georgia mascots, the Seiler family, and observed their care for the dogs over the years, Scherer couldn’t be more misguided. The Georgia mascots get infinitely better care than a typical Bulldog would in 99% of ownership cases.
In the case of non-domesticated animals as mascots, I’m not so keen. But to suggest that the Georgia Bulldog mascot in any way causes a debilitating effect on the rest of the breed is not only absurd, but dead wrong.
On second thought, if Georgia using a robot bulldog as mascot means Tony Gonzalez’ wife October will pose nude for another PETA promotional poster, I might budge a little and consider a robot as Georgia football coach. (Wait, we already have that one covered.)