What's Your Take: Is It Mean to Have Live Dog Mascots?

What's Your Take: Is It Mean to Have Live Dog Mascots?

This lovely home once held Uga the Seventh, the official mascot of the University of Georgia. Sadly the four-year-old bulldog passed away from a heart ailment on Nov. 19 in Savannah, the same disease that claimed the pup's father (and predecessor), Uga the Sixth.

The last game was mascot free, and there are several opinions about who, or what, should replace the smooshy dog. While the school has no plans yet, PETA has suggested they substitute a robotic dog for the likes of a real one explaining:

It is time for the university to put an end to the cycle of suffering endured by dogs who are brought into the world solely to represent the school’s ‘brand’. By choosing a humane alternative to the use of live animals as school mascots, UGA can show that compassion always wins.

I certainly liked identifying the schools with wild mascots (and even more wild mascots) and the pooch had a loving home when not repping the bulldogs on the field. Do you think it's mean to put these expectations on a pet, or is this just a sensationalist expectation to begin with?

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