NCAA Considers Ban on Hostile Animal Mascots
by Scott Ott
(2005-08-06) — The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) today said it would consider a proposal by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to ban teams from using ‘hostile’ animal mascots during its sports tournaments. The NCAA imposed a similar ban on teams with American Indian names this week.
‘Hostile animal mascots reinforce species stereotypes,’ according to the PETA proposal. ‘When children see snarling lions, tigers and bears–even if they’re just perky men wearing fur suits with gigantic foam heads–it creates prejudice against wild creatures which justifies continued discrimination and oppression. The emotional toll on these sentient beings is devastating.’
An NCAA spokesman said the organization will also consider a resolution at its next meeting to eliminate team names and mascots altogether, and to identify each collegiate sports team by a randomly-generated 27-digit number.” — Scott Ott / ScrappleFace