Stop Using Live Tigers at Football Games

mike the tiger by Darrell Miller

Target: F. King Alexander, Chancellor of Louisiana State University

Goal: End the use of live tigers as mascots at sporting events.

Unfortunately for the past few years, Louisiana State University (LSU) has been bringing out a live, caged tiger to its football games. The university has gone through six tigers, and its current tiger has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Holding wild animals captive is detrimental to their physical and mental health. These animals should be running through the trees, enjoying the sunshine, and engaging in natural behaviors. Instead, these tigers have been carted around for entertainment, confined in small cages, and forced to endure the large, loud crowds of university football games.

It is cruel to continue treating the tiger in this manner. He deserves to have some peace and happiness for his remaining time on earth. Sign this petition and demand LSU retire its tiger and no longer use live animals as mascots.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Alexander

For years, your university has been using live, caged tigers as the school’s mascot. In the time that you have used live animals, LSU has gone through six tigers. The current tiger has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

It is cruel to continue forcing this tiger to endure long, loud and hectic football games and letting him waste away in a cage. He deserves happiness and freedom in his final days. Please consider sending him to an accredited sanctuary.

Animals in captivity face many problems when it comes to their physical and mental health. It is not fair to use these animals as entertainment and to deny everything that is natural to them. Please consider no longer using live animals as mascots.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Darrell Miller

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10 Comments

  1. Wendy Morrison says:

    Please FREE this TIGER from his CAGE and release him to an Animal Sanctuary! Please STOP USING LIVE TIGERS during football games! Animal cruelty at its best!

  2. Also Massilon High School in Massilon Ohio. The state law adopted several yrs ago was specifically written to exempt this school. Meanwhile they dump the cub when it grows and get a new cub, yanking it from its mother to be at football games with its noise and crowds. And then keep it in a a cage between games.

  3. Ignorant morons – and at a place of learning too! Idiots. There is no hope for the future with these people in charge.

  4. Stephanie Geyser says:

    Perhaps if the teams trained harder, they would win their games – without using live animals to give them an inflated and false sense of their (in-)competence.

  5. Let’s get some rationality & compassion — We must protect our animals from all forms of abuse — we must be their voice — animals should always be under the care of those who respect & love them or on their own in the wild in their natural habitats if this is an option — animals deserve nothing less — let’s ensure these tigers get transferred to a good & caring environment.

  6. What’s wrong with dressing someone up as tiger and providing real entertainment? Even though I live in the UK, I see videos of the Chicago Bulls mascot that makes me laugh every time!

  7. sabita patwardhan says:

    Absolutely despicable. Let these animals be with their own in nature and have kids and enjoy life. They don’t want to be caged and wake up day after day after day to entertain bastards.

  8. UNIVERSITIES DESERVES BETTER MARKINGS THAN INFANTILISM – WHAT KIND OF IDIOTIC USE OF MASCOT IN U N I V E R S I T Y –

    IS IT A MADHOUSE UNIVERSITY – OMG – WHAT STUPIDNESS

  9. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared. ?

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