PETA to Auburn: Retire War Eagle
In the wake of War Eagle’s scary crash into a luxury box during its routine pregame flight last Saturday, PETA has asked for Auburn to retire the use of live eagles.
“Animals aren’t performers or party decorations, and they don’t deserve to be frightened, hurt or even killed just so we can have a momentary thrill,” PETA’s Lindsay Pollard-Post wrote in a letter posted on the Montgomery Advertiser’s website on Thursday.
“In light of Spirit’s (name of eagle) disturbing accident, let’s hope the Tigers will be good sports and retire their animal mascots to sanctuaries, where they can live out their days in peace and safety.”
While the ethics of live mascots have been debated over the years, considering that War Eagle is considered one of the best live mascots in college sports and that the school has continuously used a live eagle since 1960, we’re not holding our breath for PETA’s request to be met.