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Patch Readers: PETA Request Runs Afoul of University

The animal advocacy group PETA wants Kennesaw State to stop using a live owl as a mascot. University officials say the bird is a source of education for kids and adults.

Patch Readers: PETA Request Runs Afoul of University

Patch readers had plenty to say on o ur story about a demand by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to discontinue using live animals as school mascots.

And most readers sided with  Kennesaw State University, which has been asked by PETA to stop using Sturgis, its live owl mascot. The group says the noise from fans at events is “terrifying” to animals.

The college began using Sturgis -- a Eurasian eagle owl named for its first president, Horace Sturgis -- last fall, reports the  Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Here's a sampling of what Georgia Patch readers had to say on the topic.

Carrie Hollins: "Really? I bet that bird lives better than most. Ridiculous."

Frank Anastasia: "Can we all agree the people associated with PETA are a bunch of annoying loons?"

Brett Frank: "I think we should release people involved with PETA into the wild; they seem to be unable to adapt to civilization, are "terrified" by bright lights and loud noises, and will probably feel more at ease free roaming the countryside. I mean, it's just completely ethically wrong to force people to live in harmony with other people and animals at the same time."

Becca: "PETA = People Eating Tasty Animals :)"

Charles Allen"I am a lifelong member of PETA (People Eating Tasty Animals) and I will never give up my membership!!!"

What do you think? Is it appropriate to use live animals as school mascots? Tell us in comments.

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