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PETA rips Georgia for use of live mascots following death of school bulldog

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PETA criticized the University of Georgia for using a live mascot, specifically targeting Uga X, who recently passed away.

The organization claims that Uga X suffered from breathing issues due to breeding practices, and calls for the university to end its live-mascot program, suggesting a human mascot instead.

PETA wrote in a statement, “The ‘winningest mascot’ in UGA’s history was born to lose since, like all breathing-impaired breeds, he suffered from debilitating deformities such as an unnaturally shortened nose and airway that left him panting and gasping for air, particularly in the sweltering Southern heat.” statement.

“PETA is calling on the university to end its live-mascot program and to stop exploiting these victims of cruel breeding practices before another bulldog suffers and dies on its watch,” continued the organization.

PETA claimed Uga X “drives demand for breathing-impaired breeds (BIBs),” for other dogs.

PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman, wrote, “As the back-to-back national champion, can’t UGA find it in its heart to honestly examine the impact of its promotion of deformed dogs and call time on its outdated, live-animal mascot program?”

“PETA is calling on (University of Georgia president) Jere Morehead to be a peach and replace poor Uga with a human mascot who can support the team in a winning way,” continued the executive.

PETA also condemns the breeding of breathing-impaired dog breeds and has previously written to the school about this issue.

The organization also criticized the National Dog Show for celebrating deformed faces of dogs.

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