For Immediate Release:
October 11, 2016
Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382
Baton Rouge, La. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews in response to the announcement that Mike VI, the sixth tiger Louisiana State University (LSU) has used as a live mascot, has died:
This sad day could mark a kind new beginning for LSU, where sensitive, intelligent tigers have been reduced to game-day props for decades. PETA is calling on the university to honor Mike VI’s legacy by making him the last live mascot to be locked up in captivity and paraded around an unruly stadium. The last thing LSU should do is condemn yet another tiger to a lifetime of exploitation.
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment.”