Following the death of LSU’s mascot Mike VI, PETA has once again asked the school to end its use of live mascots.
PETA’s associate director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement, Rachel Mathews, released a statement Tuesday afternoon.
“This sad day could mark a kind new beginning for LSU, where sensitive, intelligent tigers have been reduced to game-day props for decades. PETA is calling on the university to honor Mike VI’s legacy by making him the last live mascot to be locked up in captivity and paraded around an unruly stadium. The last thing LSU should do is condemn yet another tiger to a lifetime of exploitation.”
Mike VI was euthanized by LSU’s attending veterinarian, David Baker, Ph.D. on Tuesday to end the tiger’s battle with cancer. He was 11 years old.