Bend In The Branch

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

PETA Suddenly Politically Correct?

Well, PETA is at it again.

As you probably have heard, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to NCAA president Myles Brand asking that USC — as well as Jacksonville (Ala.) State — stop using the nickname “Gamecocks.”

PETA raises the issue at this time only to climb on the bandwagon of Native American groups, which have voiced very legitimate concerns with Indian nicknames and mascots.

It seems, though, that PETA must be laboring under the impression that USC is staging actual cockfights over at Williams-Brice Stadium. Maybe those folks don’t realize it’s just a bunch of college kids playing football.

Hey, there’s illegal dog-fighting out there, too. Should all those school teams called “the Bulldogs” give up their nicknames?

Tigers and gators are violent predators as well. Should schools really be honoring all of the killing these animals do?

USC has declined to drop the Gamecock as its mascot. But we wouldn’t be surprised if the animal-rights group kept harassing the school.

Read the Rest at The State Online


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