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UGA Win Prompts PETA Name for Benevolence to Respiratory-Impaired Bulldog, Finish to Use of Dwell Mascots

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January 12, 2023

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Athens, Ga. – Within the wake of the College of Georgia’s (UGA) decisive nationwide championship win over Texas Christian College, PETA despatched a letter this morning to UGA President Jere W. Morehead urging him to make the college a winner not solely in soccer but in addition in its therapy of others by retiring the college’s English bulldog mascot, Uga. The group notes that the college’s use of Uga drives demand for breathing-impaired breeds (BIB), similar to pugs, boxers, and English and French bulldogs, whose breeding is being banned in different international locations, as their purposely bred, grotesquely flattened faces depart them struggling to stroll, play, and even breathe.

“Because the back-to-back nationwide champion, cannot UGA discover it in its coronary heart to actually look at the affect of its promotion of deformed canines and name time on its outdated, live-animal mascot program?” asks PETA Govt Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is asking on Jere Morehead to be a peach and change poor Uga with a human mascot who can help the group in a successful means.”

PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals usually are not ours to make use of for leisure” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—notes that Uga is a residing, feeling being, not a toy to be carted to chaotic soccer stadiums throughout the nation and trotted out in entrance of scores of screaming followers.

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PETA’s letter to Morehead follows.

January 12, 2023

Jere W Morehead

President

College of Georgia

Expensive President Morehead:

Whats up once more. I wrote in 2019 on behalf of Individuals for the Moral Therapy of Animals (PETA) to induce you to cease subjecting canines to the stress and risks of getting used because the College of Georgia’s “Uga” mascot. In gentle of a brand new PETA investigation—in addition to calls from veterinarians to finish the promotion of bulldogs and different flat-faced canine breeds—I am hoping you’ll take steps to retire Uga. Please contemplate the next info with an open thoughts and coronary heart.

Because the New York Put up Not too long ago reported, PETA’s investigation revealed a disturbing trade follow: Pet shops that promote English bulldogs—in addition to different canines bred to have grotesquely flattened faces—refuse to supply a “lifetime guarantee” on them due to the intense well being points that these canines inevitably undergo from. English bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers, boxers, French bulldogs, and different breathing-impaired breeds (BIB) are bothered with brachycephalic syndrome, which leaves them struggling simply to breathe and is the main reason behind demise for bulldogs.

Solely for the sake of appearances, BIB canines are bred to have deformities that trigger labored respiratory, snorting, coughing, gagging, retching, vomiting, tiring simply, collapsing, and fainting. Many cannot even go for a stroll or chase a ball—the issues that canines like to do—with out gasping for air. In a single research, a fifth of BIB canine guardians reported that their canine had undergone not less than one surgical procedure associated to having distorted bodily options.

Veterinarians all over the world are sounding the alarm: In 2018, the British Veterinary Affiliation known as on corporations to cease utilizing BIBs in merchandise and ads. The mounting proof of flat-faced canines’ struggling is so clear that in 2022, Norway fully banned the breeding of bulldogs. In the meantime, the prominence of your college’s mascot is driving up the demand for breeding these canines and perpetuating their struggling.

Please be a champion not simply in soccer but in addition for canines. We hope you will contemplate changing Uga with a prepared human mascot, like those at many different universities. Might I please have your assurance that the College of Georgia will make this variation? Thanks on your consideration.

Sincerely,

Emily R. Trunnell, Ph.D.

UGA Faculty of Household and Client Sciences, Class of 2010

UGA Biomedical & Well being Sciences Institute, Neuroscience, Class of 2016

Senior Scientist, Science Development and Outreach

PETA

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