A group of 36,000 people have signed a petition asking that LSU release Mike VII and stop having live mascots. The petition was started by California-based social media operation Care2 and has a goal of 40,000 signatures.

Here is what they had to say:

Please sign this petition if you believe animals should be free, not held captive to be used as mascots.

Mike VII isn't the first tiger mascot LSU has used. In fact, he's the seventh tiger — hence the name. His predecessor died last year from terminal cancer after living his last years confined in a limited space only to be allowed outside for display at football games.

While the university has made efforts to improve the quality of the tiger's enclosure, increasing its size and adding a variety of outdoor activities, it is cruel to sentence a tiger to such captivity. Animals are not here for our amusement.
LSU media relations director Ernie Ballard III responded to the petition with the following email, according to The Advocate:

But LSU did respond through Ernie Ballard III, LSU media relations director, who wrote Wednesday in an email: “The university does not support the for-profit breeding of tigers. By providing a home for a tiger that needs one, LSU hopes to raise awareness about the problem of irresponsible breeding and the plight of tigers kept illegally and/or inappropriately in captivity in the U.S.”

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Ohh! now I know who O was talking about in the locker room after the Auburn game with choice words, it was care2 and PETA so I’m in total agreement.
Reply2 months
Can we sign a petition for the state of California to obey all federal laws?
Reply2 months
Filthy un-American sniveling liberal scum. They are helpless losers. They need to go sit in the middle of the road, pour gasoline over their heads and light a match. It would be an improvement to this country.
Reply2 months
Remember these are the same liberal snowflakes that wanted and did ban plastic straws.... ignore the foolishness....
Reply2 months
Thousands also signed a petition to ban dihydrogen monoxide
Reply2 months
Can we free him to eat 6 or 7 of those petitioners?
Reply2 months
100,000 people in Death Valley on a Saturday night want to see Mike VII in a wide arse trailer with plexiglass sides so he can roar his arse off and put the passive crowd into a frenzy..... Just like old times it needs to come back and FU to those 35,000 people who don’t know shirte...
Reply2 months
Some people are such pussies for cats. The rest of us are just Tigers.
Reply2 months
Release him where? There is no better place for him. Besides, they are dishonest in their petition "only to be allowed outside for display at football games" This is just more proof that LSD affects the next generation.
Reply2 months
Here we go with this humbug again. Lives better than most people! State of the art living area, 24 hour security, and a team of vets, feeders, and handlers at his disposal! He rarely makes an appearance on the field anymore because it has a negative affect on him! Stop moaning and complaining or find something else to complain about! Doesn't Cali have enough of your own problems to complain about!?
Reply2 months
Tell them we will promise to release Mike if they all show up on the field the next home game. Would be great half-time entertainment to see Mike chasing their Californication ass.
Reply2 months
Frick peta
Reply2 months
Great. Gather the 36,000 within a closed facility and let Mike lose.
Reply2 months
“The petition was started by California-based social media operation”. I stopped reading after this. Damn liberal snowflakes.
Reply2 months
When 100,000 LSU grads sign the petition, I'll pay attention - otherwise it's just liberal California BS.
Reply2 months
all these tree hugging, global warming, earth first, save the whale, spotted owl liberal idiots. these people are flat out ignorant dopes. oh yeh! The Polar Bears are drowning because the icebergs are melting. hilarious and foolish humans.
Reply2 months
Don't forget the red cockaded woodpecker...shutting down acres and acres of military ops area at Ft. Polk
2 months
He would end up bushmeat!
Reply2 months
Ahhhh, the left coast.....so far from reality. Mike is living a life that other tigers in the wild can only dream of. If they only realized that the animal kingdom is living under a curse out in the wild and they are just in survival mode out there 100% of the time.....FAR LEFT LOONIES....can't live with 'em, can't shoot 'em.
Reply2 months
How many of these people have seen how Mike is cared for?
Reply2 months
On average tigers will live for 10 to 15 years out in the wild and 16 to 20 years in captivity, though there is one Australian tiger recorded as living to the ripe old age of 26.
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