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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

PETA has priorities misplaced

If I were an LSU athletic official, I would tell the PETA folks to take a long walk in the Amazon jungle without a map (warning them, of course, to watch out for wild animals who might want them for dinner. Pleeeeeese! Can these people get a real life and find something meaningful to protest. Heck, there are PEOPLE getting murdered on the streets of Shreveport virtually every night, but PETA is upset about a tiger, which is treated better than most of the people in the world.

Instead of fighting off starvation by murdering other animals in the wild (PETA should be protesting those deaths), fighting disease and the other vagaries of wild living, Mike gets three squares a day and gets to lie around without fear of a bigger tiger taking his life. All that's required of him is that he smile pleasantly when inebriated LSU fans gawk at him in his cage, and show up at a few football games looking fierce.

Other than that, he has the life of Riley. We should all be so lucky.


Blogger Brian Vernellis said...

I got to side with PETA on one issue that LSU chancellor Sean O'Keefe raised.

O'Keefe said: "Their habitat and lifestyle are constantly monitored to ensure their well being, and they receive state-of-the-art veterinary medical care from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, which can improve and extend the life of a big cat."

To which, PETA has a case. What's the point in extending a tiger's life if it means more years behind bars all because 90,000 fans go bonkers when he's rolled out on Saturday nights?

6:35 PM  
Blogger Brian Vernellis said...

And another issue that got to me: why do people hide behind this sense of tradition when justifying their viewpoint.

Just because people have been doing it for years and years makes it right? What sense does that make?

10:32 AM  

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