Demand School Stop Using Live Animal Mascots

Tiger Wildcat Sanctuary

Target: Brad Warner, Principal of Massillon Washington High School

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

For nearly 50 years, Massillon Washington High School has brought out baby tigers during football games for the entertainment of the crowd. As the cubs grow bigger, the school discards them and replaces them with a new cub. The cycle is disheartening.

In between games, the tigers are stuck in tiny cages with almost no interaction with the outside world. Their few moments with the outside world include the screams, chants and chaos of a football game. It is a sad and scary world for these “mascots.”

These animals are deprived of everything natural to them. They are unable to lay out in the sun, play in the dirt with friends or run through the trees. Sign this petition and demand the school no longer use live animal mascots.


Dear Principal Warner,

For years, your school has used live tiger cubs as mascots during football games. When the cubs are deemed “too big” to be a mascot anymore, they are replaced with a new tiger cub.

When these animals are not being paraded around football games, they are stuck in a small cage with little interaction to the outside world. Some of their few moments outside include the screams, music and chaos of a football game.

These majestic animals belong in the wild where they can run through the trees, lay in the sunshine and play with friends. Please consider no longer using live animals as mascots. These animals deserve so much more than a cage.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Wildcat Sanctuary

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  2. Jaime Perez says:

    This is unacceptable and inhumane. These poor tigers should not be forced to be the entertainment for anyone! This nonsense needs to stop now. Put a guy in a tiger suit, leave the wildlife alone.

  3. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared. ?

  4. This is so unnecessary, what is the meaning of it?? An animal is doomed to never have any happiness in his life and taken away from all what is natural for them, TO interact with their own species in a natural habitat, and FOR WHAT???? To be a mascot and be exposed and driven around at sport events??? You must be freaking kidding me!! WHAT IS THE MEANING OF IT?? How stupid and insensitive can people get? Well a lot, obviously, BUT ITS TIME TO LEARN SOMETHING!

  5. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Teaching students to be thoughtless of juvenile animals and that they are disposable. Good job, Brad. I thought you were a GOOD educator. So there’s not one person in town who could put on a tiger mascot outfit?

  6. I find it deplorable that you would encage a tiger simply for the sake of having an animal for a mascot. It is cruel and inhumane to keep big cats in captivity. Any expert in the field will confirm that big cats need to have plenty of space to run, climb, and hunt as well as to swim—in captivity they do not have that. Instead, they have continual imprisonment, discomfort, loneliness, and stress along with despondency and the development of neurotic and self-destructive types of behaviors. Furthermore, to dispose of these tigers once they reach some level of maturity is obscene! Do you even know what becomes of them? This only exacerbates the problem of more tigers in captivity.

    I implore you, please change to a new mascot—one that is human and willing. These tigers did not choose to be mascots; that was chosen for them.

  7. Sophie Debbane says:

    Unacceptable, archaic, cruel. It’s 2016.

  8. simon rickman simon rickman says:

    Yet more frikkin human morons totally ignorant of the needs and sensitivities of anything but their stupid selves. And this at a place of learning! Morons. There really is no hope for the future without a major upscaling of punishments for animal cruelty. Morons.

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