PETA is going after a US university for using a live mascot, but Uga the bulldog actually lives a lavish life
- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - better known as PETA - has come after the University of Georgia's football team over its beloved mascot.
- PETA tweeted that Uga X looked "miserable" at a recent UGA game and called on the university to retire the English bulldog from its obligations to the team.
- Fans quickly responded by saying that Uga leads a lavish life, complete with his own bedroom, air-conditioned dog house, custom-engineered car, and hotel suite near the university.
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - better known as PETA - has come after the University of Georgia's football team for its beloved mascot. Uga X - the 10th iteration of the storied football program's live pure-white English bulldog mascot - was caught on camera sulking and flashing his sad-puppy-dog eyes during No. 4 Georgia's victory over the Texas A&M Aggies Saturday afternoon. The good boy sat cooped up in his custom UGA-themed dog house - which comes equipped with a permanent air conditioner, lots of space, and a prime view of the cheerleaders - while rain poured down between the hedges at Sanford Stadium.
PETA got ahold of the clip and said in a tweet that Uga "LOOKS MISERABLE" and called on the university to "retire Uga immediately!"
HE LOOKS MISERABLE!
No dog deserves to be packed up, carted from state to state, and paraded in front of a stadium full of screaming fans.
Fans immediately responded to PETA's post, defending the university for its mascot tradition and saying that Uga leads a very lavish life.
This dog is treated better than any human in the state of Georgia. You should see what itâ€™s like when he gets â€œpacked upâ€ for his luxurious travel. Only the best for UGA X. — Matt "HBTFD" Johnson (@GMattJ) November 26, 2019
I enjoy my life!— The Official UGA (@UGAtheDawg) November 26, 2019
Uga does seem to have a cushy life. He lives in Savannah, Georgia, with his owners - the Seiler family - and even has his own room. The Seilers drive Uga up to Athens in his own specially engineered Georgia-red car throughout the season for home games. When the Bulldogs are playing on the road, Uga typically travels with the team.
Uga has a publicist, a lawyer, and an agent, and is treated like royalty around the University of Georgia's campus. He rides on a golf cart and even has his own suite in a nearby hotel, where he gets a bath before every home game.
Given the years of history behind Georgia's beloved Uga tradition, it seems unlikely that the university or the Seiler family would give in to PETA's demands. Plus, it seems like Uga lives more than comfortably.
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