A Petition Is Trying To Get Rid Of One Of CFB’s Most Iconic Mascots

first_imgA wide-action shot of the crowd at an LSU game.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)A petition is attempting to get rid of one of college football’s most iconic mascots.The petition, which was started by Care2, a California-based social media operation with 40 million members, has 35,000-plus signatures.The group is calling for LSU to get rid of its live tiger mascot. The Tigers have had multiple “Mike the Tigers” over the years.“We believe that animals shouldn’t be used as entertainment, they aren’t here for our amusement,” said Rebecca Gerber of Care2.From The Advocate:Though LSU has spent millions improving the mascot’s enclosure, Gerber said Wednesday the point is that having a wild animal on campus as a tourist attraction makes it easier for people to accept killing animals for consumer trifles, which is the most likely end for tigers bred in captivity.“They should be in the wild and respected,” she said. “Even treated very kindly, it’s easier to see them as here entertainment, disposable props for football … We’re trying to stop that message completely.”This isn’t Care2’s first stab at petitioning LSU on behalf of Mike VII. Soon after Mike VI died of cancer, the group gathered 142,000 signatures asking LSU not to replace him with a new tiger. In comparison, the petition asking to create the City of St. George had about 13,000 signatures in June.LSU never responded.LSU has reportedly responded with the following statement:“The university does not support the for-profit breeding of tigers. By providing a home for a tiger that needs one, LSU hopes to raise awareness about the problem of irresponsible breeding and the plight of tigers kept illegally and/or inappropriately in captivity in the U.S.”Happy second birthday to our favorite tiger in the world – @MikeTheTiger! ?? pic.twitter.com/ZVKSR4GNtj— LSU (@LSU) September 13, 2018You can view the full report here.last_img read more