UGA Loses Uga (Again)

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Posted November 24, 2009 by Ryan Huling

Less than a year and a half after taking over as the University of Georgia’s (UGA) mascot, following the death of his predecessor, Uga VII, died last week.

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This is hardly the first time a college athletics mascot has died an early death, and it has once again renewed chatter on campus about searching for his successor.

It’s no coincidence that Uga VII died of a heart ailment similar to the one that killed Uga VI. Puppy peddlers rely on inbreeding to preserve bloodlines, which creates genetic defects and makes dogs susceptible to congenital illnesses. After years of genetic manipulation, countless bulldogs suffer from constant skin and eye infections, hip dysplasia, and weak respiratory systems—which are worsened by the kind of poor ventilation and hot, humid weather that Uga VII was exposed to as a constantly traveling mascot.

Here’s what we want to know—why keep buying animals, which further contributes to the overpopulation crisis, when the school already has an immensely-entertaining human mascot, named Hairy Dawg? That’s the question we posed to the University in our letter, which you can read here.

How could anyone resist this face?

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  • 2342 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Animal planet featured an episode about the Ugas. Showing how “happy” they were and how much people loved them. I am glad you posted this to show the other real side of the story. Thank you

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