Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
PETA issued the following statement on Tuesday afternoon asking LSU not to replace Mike VI with another live mascot on campus, according to WBRZ.

Mike VI passed away on Tuesday after a battle with cancer.
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"This sad day could mark a kind new beginning for LSU, where sensitive, intelligent tigers have been reduced to game-day props for decades," PETA said in a statement. "PETA is calling on the university to honor Mike VI's legacy by making him the last live mascot to be locked up in captivity and paraded around an unruly stadium. The last thing LSU should do is condemn yet another tiger to a lifetime of exploitation."
LSU has already said they are searching for a live mascot, Mike VII.
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Hey PETA, eat a dick
Reply54 months
Sounds like once again PETA began pleading, whining and crying before actually doing more than 5 minutes of research. They appear to be under the impression that Mike goes to every home game. In reality, Mike goes when he wants-- "Since Mike VI arrived on campus in 2007, he has attended 32 of the 57 home games. In 2007 (Mike VI’s first season), he attended all but the first home football game. In 2008, Mike VI attended the first two home games but no others. In 2009, he attended all but the first home game. In 2010, he attended all but two home games, and in 2011, he attended every home game. In 2012, he attended four games and missed four due to either a wet field or his unwillingness to load. In 2013, he attended three games, and in 2014, he did not attend any home games." As often as I hear PETA whining, they appear to have plenty of time on their hands-- How about using some of it for research and picking battles that make sense? LSU has a premier veterinary curriculum, ranked by US News in 2015 as one of the top 25 veterinary schools in the nation, and a chosen few of the students are given the honor of attending to Mike in his multi-million dollar habitat. Bengal tigers live an average 8 to 10 years in the wild. Mike was almost 12 when he passed away with cancer. If he were human, it would be the equivalent of living on a cruise ship with just the one passenger with a full, accredited medical staff on board dedicated to his health. In what world do you take advice on how to treat animals from any organization that euthanizes as many animals as PETA does?
Reply54 months
I am about as liberal as they come for environmental and social reasons. PETA is off-base with this. Population growth in Asia will continue to threaten Bengal tigers. If the species survives the century, it will be in captivity. And a male tiger would be very very fortunate to be as well cared for as an LSU mascot. Bring on Mike VII.
Reply54 months
"LSU fan asks PETA to eat shite and kill themselves"
Reply54 months
I appreciate PETA's concern for animals but LSU has always taken the upmost care of their Tigers. Mike VI loved his fans and was loved very much by the caretakers and fans. LSU will continue with a live mascot!!!??????????. RIP Mike VI
Reply54 months
ha well i mean they asked...doesnt mean we have to abide...I ask LSU to pleaseee find another Tiger..
Reply54 months
PETA is a cult. They operated shelters that killed dogs. PETA freaking killed animals and didn't see their hypocrisy.
Reply54 months
We would not want a Tiger to live in a 5 million house with his own Vet and food. Also when he gets sick he has professional medical care. Some have lived like 18 years and no way they are going to do that in the wild.
Reply54 months
The wild? Roscoe was hybrid tiger born in captivity, and hand raised after being separated from his mother at 2 weeks. He would have done as well in the wild as a Labrador Retriever. PETA can suck a peta.
54 months
frick them.
Reply54 months
Well. They got the unruly part right.
Reply54 months
PETA does good as well...I want a new Mike the Tiger. Just not sure why TD hates them so much. A group that fights for the ethical treatment of animals doesn't sound so bad to me. They are not perfect, but do much more good than bad. Oh yeah I forget. This is the same conservative wacko state that elected the great absentee governor Booby Jindal not once but twice. How did that go? I shouldn't be surprised.??
Reply54 months
PETA kills more animals than any organization on the face of the earth. That's a fact. Look it up. They feel it's better for an animal to be put down than be pets. Their a modern day concentration camp for animals. Mike was treated like a king. State of the art multi-million dollar living arrangements, round the clock team of vets, grounds keeper and caregivers and that was before he got sick. He lives better than most people do! So screw you and PETA, you don't like how we do things here, you know where the state line is...
54 months
They're hated because they think theirs is the only definition of "ethical treatment" that counts. They work on pure pathos. The place Roscoe was acquired from was a bit of a shithole. When he was promoted to "Mike", Roscoe was treated like a fricking prince.
54 months
PETA can kiss my ass! They've killed more animals than just about anyone over the years. Bunch of cult weirdos
Reply54 months
frick PETA! This is one of the highlights of an LSU game when Mike the Tiger is on the field to welcome the opposing team as they leave the Visitors locker room.
Reply54 months
PETA is not welcome here.
Reply54 months
PETA can STTDB
Reply54 months
Somebody tell em that louisiana is not a bunch of liberals. Should I get rid of my gas guzzling 4×4 also
Reply54 months
PETA ..... KCUF off
Reply54 months
PETA People Eating Tasty Animals F off PETA! We will have our tiger & you will like it & support it or we will double up on the BBQ for our tailgates.
Reply54 months
They seem unaware that Mike is not a game day prop. He doesn't go into the stadium unless he wants to.
Reply54 months
They made us build that 3M cage, we are putting something in it.
Reply54 months
I suggest we put PETA's directors in the travel cage until Mike VII is brought to campus.
54 months
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