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January 12, 2023
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 varsity a winner not solely in soccer but additionally in its remedy of others by retiring the varsity’s English bulldog mascot, Uga. The group notes that the varsity’s use of Uga drives demand for breathing-impaired breeds (BIB), resembling 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, can’t UGA discover it in its coronary heart to truthfully look at the affect of its promotion of deformed canine and name time on its outdated, live-animal mascot program?” asks PETA Government Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is looking on Jere Morehead to be a peach and exchange poor Uga with a human mascot who can help the crew in a profitable approach.”
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals aren’t 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.
PETA’s letter to Morehead follows.
January 12, 2023
Jere W. Morehead
College of Georgia
Expensive President Morehead:
Hey once more. I wrote in 2019 on behalf of Folks for the Moral Remedy of Animals (PETA) to induce you to cease subjecting canine to the stress and risks of getting used because the College of Georgia’s “Uga” mascot. In mild 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’m 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 lately reported, PETA’s investigation revealed a disturbing trade follow: Pet shops that promote English bulldogs—in addition to different canine bred to have grotesquely flattened faces—refuse to supply a “lifetime guarantee” on them due to the intense well being points that these canine inevitably undergo from. English bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers, boxers, French bulldogs, and different breathing-impaired breeds (BIB) are troubled with brachycephalic syndrome, which leaves them struggling simply to breathe and is the main reason behind loss of life for bulldogs.
Solely for the sake of appearances, BIB canine are bred to have deformities that trigger labored respiration, snorting, coughing, gagging, retching, vomiting, tiring simply, collapsing, and fainting. Many can’t even go for a stroll or chase a ball—the issues that canine like to do—with out gasping for air. In one research, a fifth of BIB canine guardians reported that their canine had undergone no less than one surgical procedure associated to having distorted bodily options.
Veterinarians world wide 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 canine’ 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 canine and perpetuating their struggling.
Please be a champion not simply in soccer but additionally for canine. We hope you’ll 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 in your consideration.
Emily R. Trunnell, Ph.D.
UGA School of Household and Shopper Sciences, Class of 2010
UGA Biomedical & Well being Sciences Institute, Neuroscience, Class of 2016
Senior Scientist, Science Development and Outreach