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