After nan University of Georgia won its 2nd consecutive nationalist championship, PETA called attraction to nan school's usage of a unrecorded bulldog for a mascot.
The group claimed past month nan school's usage of Uga "drives request for breathing-impaired breeds (BIBs)," for illustration pugs, boxers and English and French bulldogs."
The animal authorities statement called connected nan schoolhouse to discontinue its usage of Uga and to beryllium "a victor not only successful shot but besides successful its curen of" animals.
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University of Georgia mascot Uga X during a crippled against nan Tennessee Volunteers astatine Sanford Stadium successful Athens, Ga. (Jeffrey Vest/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Two erstwhile Bulldog players snapped backmost astatine PETA and defended nan usage of Uga.
"I don't deliberation folks cognize really bully of a life Uga lives," erstwhile punter Tavarres King told TMZ Sports. "That dog's loved, bro. Chill out, PETA."
Former running backmost Knowshon Moreno echoed King's comments.
"You'd beryllium getting free of a batch of tradition," he said. "I consciousness for illustration those pets unrecorded nan champion lives. … Uga unrecorded nan life."
Uga mightiness moreover get amended curen connected roadworthy trips than nan players, King said.
"Even connected distant games, you get connected nan plane. Uga's nan first spot connected nan plane. … Uga's very good treated," he added.
Georgia mascot UGA X during a crippled against nan Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Nov. 27, 2021, astatine Bobby Dodd Stadium successful Atlanta. (David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PETA wrote that utilizing a unrecorded mascot is "outdated."
"As nan back-to-back nationalist champion, can’t UGA find it successful its bosom to honestly analyse nan effect of its promotion of deformed dogs and telephone clip connected its outdated, live-animal mascot program?" PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said successful a connection obtained by Fox News Digital past month. "PETA is calling connected (University of Georgia president) Jere Morehead to beryllium a peach and switch mediocre Uga pinch a quality mascot who tin support nan squad successful a winning way.
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"PETA — whose motto reads, successful part, that ‘animals are not ours to usage for entertainment’ and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview — notes that Uga is simply a living, emotion being, not a artifact to beryllium carted to chaotic shot stadiums crossed nan state and trotted retired successful beforehand of scores of screaming fans."
Despite aggregate pleas from the organization, it doesn't look for illustration location will beryllium a change.
Georgia Bulldog Mascot Uga adjacent nan extremity area earlier nan Sugar Bowl against nan Baylor Bears astatine nan Mercedes-Benz Superdome Jan. 1, 2020, successful New Orleans. (Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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"We are proud of our beloved mascot and grateful for nan fantabulous attraction provided by Uga’s devoted owners, nan Seiler family," Georgia diversion head Josh Brooks said successful a connection past period to Fox News Digital.
There person been 10 "Ugas" since nan mascot was first introduced successful 1956, each a descendant of nan original Uga.