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?