Target: F. King Alexander, Chancellor of Louisiana State University
Goal: End the use of live tigers as mascots at sporting events.
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. While the college claims to be providing Mike world class care, this should take place in a sanctuary, not a cage.
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.
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.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Darrell Miller