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Please Urge LA Tech to Ditch Live-Animal Mascot Program After Second Tragedy

August 15, 2012
by

PETA

BACKGROUND

On July 29, Tech XX, Louisiana Tech’s English bulldog mascot cooked to death after negligent caretakers left the dog outside in scorching heat and then tried to cover up the incident. Please read more here. And this isn’t the first time a Louisiana Tech mascot suffered from a heat-related illness! Tech XX’s predecessor, Tech XIX, was retired after surviving heat exhaustion during a game in 2007. Alarmingly, the school has plans to get another English bulldog mascot!

Please urge Louisiana Tech’s administrators to join the many university and professional sports teams that have made the compassionate decision to discontinue live-animal mascot programs. And forward this alert widely!


WHOM TO CONTACT

Please send polite comments to the following.

Email block:

reneau@latech.edu , vandevelde@latech.edu ,  usmkh@latech.edu

Individual

Daniel D. Reneau
President
Louisiana Tech University
P.O. Box 3168
Railroad Ave., #1620 Wyly Tower
Ruston, LA 71272
318-257-3785
reneau@latech.edu

Bruce Van De Velde
Athletics Director
Louisiana Tech Athletics
P.O. Box 3046
Ruston, LA 71272
318-257-3247
vandevelde@latech.edu

Mary Kay Hungate
Deputy Athletics Director
Louisiana Tech Athletics
P.O. Box 3046
Ruston, LA 71272
318-257-5654
usmkh@latech.edu


SUBJECT

Please discontinue live-animal mascot programs


SAMPLE LETTER | COURTESY PETA

Dear President Reneau, Director Van De Velde, and Deputy Hungate:

On July 29, Tech XX, Louisiana Tech’s English bulldog mascot cooked to death after negligent caretakers left the dog outside in scorching heat and then tried to cover up the incident.

And this isn’t the first time a Louisiana Tech mascot suffered from a heat-related illness! Tech XX’s predecessor, Tech XIX, was retired after surviving heat exhaustion during a game in 2007. Alarmingly, it is my understanding that the school has plans to get another English bulldog mascot.

Please join the many university and professional sports teams that have made the compassionate decision to discontinue live-animal mascot programs.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

NAME


Mascots are not inanimate throwaways,
They live, they die,
When they bake on heat soaked
Days :(

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2012 12:01 pm

    Mascots are not inanimate throwaways,
    They live, they die,
    When they bake on heat soaked
    Days :(

    Like

  2. SHIREEN permalink
    August 15, 2012 12:11 pm

    PLEASE HAVE SOME THOUGHTS FOR YOUR MASCOT WHO HAS DIED FROM THE HEAT EXHAUSTION.. ANIMALS SUFFER TERRIBLY WHEN THEY DIE LIKE THIS… PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT PUT ANOTHER ONE THROUGH THE SAME AGONIZING DEATH-

    Like

  3. August 15, 2012 3:19 pm

    emails sent thanks Stacey and great poem Karen

    Like

  4. jacqueline permalink
    August 20, 2012 9:28 am

    LETTRE ENVOYEE

    Like

  5. Melania Padilla permalink
    September 3, 2012 10:35 am

    Done!

    Like

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