Like a purse dog with distemper brought to a dinner party and not receiving enough attention, the animal rights group PETA has attempted to jump into a national story by barking incessantly, once again.
The backstory: In the run up to the Sugar Bowl played on New Years day there was a small episode on the sidelines between the mascots of the two teams. The Texas Longhorns are representedd by Bevo XV, a longhorn steer, and the University of Georgia Bulldogs have tenth-generation Uga X.
During the pregame events for a photo-op Uga was brought over to the area where Bevo was penned. A brief skirmish flared up between the two.
Well, the Sugar Bowl just got a lot more interesting …pic.twitter.com/jFtBvIpdCx
— ESPN (@espn) January 2, 2019
There were no injuries, and neither animal was adversely affected. In the aftermath, as many across the country were discussing the event, PETA saw a chance to glom some of the attention.
THIS IS WHY LIVE ANIMALS SHOULDN’T BE MASCOTS!
— PETA (@peta) January 3, 2019
The group has sent letters to the respective universities, requesting they suspend the use of live animals as mascots. This, in response to an incident that did NOT take place.
So … @peta is calling for Bevo and Uga to retire after the Texas and Georgia mascots got into a little dust up before the Sugar Bowl.
Seriously, this is a real life press release. pic.twitter.com/dpK2Ogbg4n
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) January 3, 2019
What this collective of stunted furries fails to grasp is that these two animals – and all of those used by colleges across the country – are treated in a fashion that exceeds humane.
No offense but this is why the vast majority of people think you’re a joke…put your focus and your attention and all your resources towards animals that are treated poorly or in immediate danger instead of wasting it on a dog probably treated better than royalty
— Sean Donohue (@SeanDonohue12) January 3, 2019
UGA lives a better life than most humans !
— Jay Doss (@doss_jay) January 3, 2019
They are no harmed tho! They are treated humanely and cared for. They spend thousands to care for these animals. Y’all do too much. And I’m a vegan
— KerahBellum (@kerah_whit) January 3, 2019
This is beyond true
Not going to happen. Bevo has a great life. He lives on a ranch in an air conditioned stable with acres of green green to roam. Not to mention he has cable. I don't even have cable TV. We love our mascot. Focus on animals that are treated poorly, not living in the lap of luxury.
— jayjay (@texsica) January 3, 2019
yeah, he's treated terribly pic.twitter.com/17shCKVisW
— D'yerMak'er (@GoatRoper21) January 3, 2019
To go with the ice, his dog house is air conditioned.
To consider the alternative for these animals would involve a level of cognitive reasoning that PETA has shown over the years to lack. Has anyone in the group pondered that maybe being a bulldog mascot is a better fortune than being condemned in a PETA incinerator?
As for Bevo, he’d likely have a similarly dire future.
Y’all do realize these mascot live some of the best lives?! If Bevo wasn’t Bevo he’d be a burger of a steak…
— Dan (@Daniel_Roland31) January 3, 2019
They realize Bevo’s retirement home is my plate, right?
— Alex Scutchfield (@AlexScutchfield) January 3, 2019
No — no they do not.
Man, shut up. You people are ridiculous already. You list all credibility when you wanted to have a memorial for lobsters that fell off a truck in Florida. Get over yourself. Smdh.
— Alex Pacheco (@RatPac88) January 3, 2019
Oh now, they lost credibility long ago. Just last month they wanted to change the name of a British town, because it was offending sheep.
— Erik Deckers (@edeckers) December 2, 2018