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Patch Readers: PETA Request Runs Afoul of University

The animal advocacy group PETA wants Kennesaw State to stop using a live owl as a mascot. University officials say the bird is a source of education for kids and adults.

Stugis, the owl that is the mascot for Kennesaw State University, meets the media. Credit: Screenshot from Atlanta Journal-Constitution video
Stugis, the owl that is the mascot for Kennesaw State University, meets the media. Credit: Screenshot from Atlanta Journal-Constitution video

Patch readers had plenty to say on our story about a demand by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to discontinue using live animals as school mascots.

And most readers sided with Kennesaw State University, which has been asked by PETA to stop using Sturgis, its live owl mascot. The group says the noise from fans at events is “terrifying” to animals.

The college began using Sturgis -- a Eurasian eagle owl named for its first president, Horace Sturgis -- last fall, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Here's a sampling of what Georgia Patch readers had to say on the topic.

Carrie Hollins: "Really? I bet that bird lives better than most. Ridiculous."

Frank Anastasia: "Can we all agree the people associated with PETA are a bunch of annoying loons?"

Brett Frank: "I think we should release people involved with PETA into the wild; they seem to be unable to adapt to civilization, are "terrified" by bright lights and loud noises, and will probably feel more at ease free roaming the countryside. I mean, it's just completely ethically wrong to force people to live in harmony with other people and animals at the same time."

Becca: "PETA = People Eating Tasty Animals :)"

Charles Allen"I am a lifelong member of PETA (People Eating Tasty Animals) and I will never give up my membership!!!"

What do you think? Is it appropriate to use live animals as school mascots? Tell us in comments.
paulrappaport February 26, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Patch - it's one thing to allow people to post what they want, but it's another thing to prominently re-post people's mean-spirited and mocking comments. I hope you can raise the bar a little in the future.
Phyllis Colmar February 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Totally with you Paul. I have issues with PETA but they have raised a lot of awareness concerning human arrogance when it comes to the abusive way wild animals are torn away from their natural habitat as babies and trained to do rediculous tricks for our "entertainment". Watch some training videos for circuses and if the cruelty used on baby elephants doesnt turn your stomach then go to Walmart and buy a soul. It is wrong to constantly mess with nature. If you want to see them then take your lazy butts to the country and hike in the woods. This is where they belong not shackled to a trainers arm. Did you think the video of the confused Eagle slamming into the window at the stadium was cute? Funny? Entertaining? I am very certain the sample posters above did.
Phyllis Colmar February 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Oh and one ther thing, all civilized countries have banned wild animals in the circus, Mexico being the latest. America has not. Next time you want to think we are the greatest country in the world check out our statistics. We are not even close. Shame on us for not facing and dealing with the truth.
userbronco February 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Really? Have the nuts at PETA tried to get UGA to stop having a real live dog at the games? This owl lives a much nicer life than the chicken I had for dinner last night
Phyllis Colmar February 26, 2014 at 10:34 AM
I can not fix stupid user. Do prisoners in jail live a better life without freedom? Do people in North Korea live a better life? A wild animal is better off living one day free and natural than years in captivity. You must also enjoy going to Sea World and being entertained by whales trapped in bathtubs.
Jon Doe February 26, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Phyllis Colmar wears fur coats.
Phyllis Colmar February 26, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Btw, dogs are domesticated animals but it is still a stressful environment for them. You are comparing apples to oranges and that argument is not valid. If memory serves me, the last UGA died of heart failure quite soon after becoming a mascot. Stress kills. Read up on it.
Cleon February 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM
English bulldogs have high rates of heart problems. That's not stress, it's genetics.
flowerdychild February 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM
I live in Kennesaw and have two owls living in my woods. They dont like it when I even try to get pics, I can only imagine how terrified the owl "mascot" must be. Dress someone in a mascot costume and quit using Gods beautiful animals as a sick way to entertain people. Phyllis, u just have to ignore those hateful responses, some people are just ignorant.
Kirsten February 26, 2014 at 11:06 PM
Exactly--interesting, Patch, how your "sampling" of comments used in the article seems decidely one-sided.
Pam Mossack Doughty February 27, 2014 at 12:59 AM
PETA actually DID try to get UGA to eliminate UGA and use a robotic dog. Not thinking that will happen. Phyllis, so you're saying that we shouldn't have dogs as pets? REALLY? What is your suggestion to do with the abundance of dogs in the world? I am seriously asking you. And PETA has been documented with tossing euthanized dogs that they "rescued" into dumpsters, so PLEASE stop glorifying them.

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