The complete e-mail from PeTA, via WGAU:
In the wake of the untimely death of the University of Georgia's (UGA) bulldog mascot, Uga VII, PETA has asked the school's athletic director, Damon M. Evans, to replace the mascot with an animatronic dog--or to rely solely on a costumed mascot--instead of using another real bulldog. Bulldogs are prone to breathing difficulties, hip dysplasia, heart disorders, and other congenital ailments, and acquiring a dog from a breeder perpetuates the animal overpopulation crisis while causing another dog waiting in an animal shelter to be condemned to death.
"It is time for the university to put an end to the cycle of suffering endured by dogs who are brought into the world solely to represent the school's 'brand'," says PETA Assistant Director Kristie Phelps. "By choosing a humane alternative to the use of live animals as school mascots, UGA can show that compassion always wins.
Oh. Child. Please.
Someone needs to tell PeTA UGA already has a costumed mascot to go along with the UGA Dynasty.
(And if weren't for UGA VII's death there would've been a good chance Hairy would've been a [BLEEP] YOU, MASCOT! target this week.)
Needless to say the internet has been abuzz over when an "animatronic" dog would look like. Mark Bradley of the The Atlanta-Journal Constitution gives us what the mad scientists at
the North Avenue Trade School Georgia Tech might come up with as UGA VII's replacement. EDSBS gets bonus points for transforming K-9 into a tailgate companion worthy of Jimmy Football. (I wonder if I could get one with a Coca-Cola dispenser instead?)
No word yet from UGA about this foolishness, but this is what most of the Bulldog Nation wishes Damon Evans or Mark Richt would tell PeTA: