Should live mascots be banned from sporting events? | The Tylt
Should live mascots be banned from sporting events?
As cute as live mascots are, the stress they go through dealing with thousands of screaming fans at athletic events is something they should not have to endure. The incident between Bevo and Uga was a warning. Any further escalation and animals could be getting hurt. Here is PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange with more:
It’s indefensible to subject animals to the stress of being packed up, carted from state to state, and paraded in front of a stadium full of screaming fans. It’s no surprise that a skittish steer would react to a perceived threat by charging, and PETA is calling on the University of Texas and the University of Georgia to learn from this dangerous incident, retire their live-animal mascots, and stick to the talented costumed mascots who can lead cheers, react to the crowd, and pump up the team.
Animal rights activists need to save their outrage for issues that are actually problems. Live mascots are harmless traditions, and these beloved animals get the care they need to be happy and healthy.
There is no reason to end the practice when loveable animals bring joy to millions of fans. Live mascots are great ambassadors for their respective schools, and they should be allowed to be honored at games.