PETA Calls for Georgia President ‘to Be a Peach’ And Retire Mascot Uga

PETA Calls for Georgia President to Be a Peach And Retire Mascot Uga

Emily Bohannon

Just days after Georgia won its second consecutive College Football Playoff national championship, PETA is calling for the school’s beloved mascot, an English bulldog named Uga, to be retired and a human mascot to take its place.

“As the back-to-back national championship, can’t UGA find it in its heart to honestly examine the impact of its promotion of deformed dogs and call time on its outdated, live animal mascot program?” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a press released. “PETA is calling on Jere Morehead to be a peach and replace poor Uga with a human mascot who can support the team in a winning way.”

It’s the second time the organization has asked for the university to stop using the live bulldog. Georgia also has a costumed bulldog stalking the sidelines, “Hairy Dawg.”

The nonprofit sent the letter to school president Jere W. Morehead on Thursday morning, citing how Georgia’s use of the mascot has prompted a rise in demand for breathing-impaired breeds. These includes dogs such as English bulldog, boxers and pugs, to name a few, because their breeding is banned in some countries. The Netherlands, Austria, and Norway all restricted the breeding, according to the Miami Herald.

The live bulldog has been under the care of the Seiler family for more than 50 years and has been a fixture of Georgia games since 1956, according to the school. The current mascot, Uga X, did not make the trip to California for Monday night’s game against TCU as “the trip would be too difficult,” according to CBS. Uga X served as Georgia’s official mascot since the 2015 season.

Georgia awards all the dogs who serve as Uga varsity letters, and the dog enjoys an air conditioned doghouse located next to the cheerleaders’ platform. Previous Ugas are buried in marble vaults near the main gate at Stanford Stadium in Athens.

“Epitaphs to the dog are inscribed in bronze, and before each home game, flowers are placed on their graves. The memorial plot attracts hundreds of fans and visitors each year,” the school states on its website.

Despite PETA’s desires, it seems the university isn’t planning on retiring its beloved line of live mascots anytime soon. We are proud of our beloved mascot and grateful for the excellent care provided by Uga’s devoted owners, the Seller family.