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PETA calls on KSU to stop using live owl mascot

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Sturgis, the live mascot for Kenensaw State University Photo courtesy: KSU Sturgis, the live mascot for Kenensaw State University Photo courtesy: KSU

KENNESAW, GA (WXIA) -- PETA issued a call for action against Kennesaw State University. The animal rights group says the use of Sturgis, a Eurasian eagle owl, as its live mascot is "unacceptable".

"An arena filled with bright lights, screaming fans, flashing cameras, and loud noises is terrifying and distressing for animals," the PETA release said. "Intelligent, sensitive birds simply do not belong at sporting events."

PETA is asking people to send a letter to KSU's Athletic Director, Vaughn Williams, telling him to "stop exploiting birds for entertainment."

KSU responded to PETA's concerns in October, when Sturgis first took the field. Williams said, "I assure you that KSU, and all within the Department of Athletics as well as everyone else at KSU, are fully committed to Sturgis' safety and well-being." He refuted some of PETA's claims, saying Sturgis won't fly free across a field at events. Williams also said the owl wasn't distressed: "Judging from Sturgis' demeanor, he felt comfortable and safe."

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