ATLANTA — An animal rights organization is not happy that one of the most beloved mascots in college football, the University of Georgia's bulldog mascot, is being taken from state to state and paraded in front of fans.
Uga X, known as Que, has been Georgia's mascot since 2015. He's the latest in a line of dogs that dates back to 1956 when Uga I, Hood's Ole Dan, first took the field for the home opener against Florida State. Uga attends all home games, some away games, and many other school-related events.
Although the mascot has been a tradition for the university, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, better known as PETA, is once again calling for his retirement.
PETA has told the athletics program that animals are not meant to be mascots.
This is not the first time the animal rights group has asked for the university to remove a live animal mascot.
In January, Bevo, the Texas Longhorns mascot, charged toward Uga when the mascots met before the Sugar Bowl, Dawg Nation reported. No animals or people were injured in the incident.
On Saturday, Uga met Reveille, a collie that serves as mascot of Texas A&M University.
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