For Immediate Release:
February 28, 2023
David Perle 202-483-7382
Athens, Ga. – PETA believes that those defending the University of Georgia’s (UGA) live bulldog mascot program will change their minds after watching a shocking new video the group is releasing today that shows how bulldogs like Uga are so deformed that almost without exception, the females are forcibly inseminated and the males are sexually stimulated by invasive human hands, which may well constitute a form of bestiality (defined as the sexual abuse of an animal) in many states.
The video reveals how purposely breeding bulldogs to obtain certain features has left them with hips too narrow to mate or give birth naturally, so breeders forcibly inseminate them by stimulating the males to ejaculation, then placing their fingers into the females’ vulvas and using syringes to inject semen into their uteruses. Breeding bulldogs and other breathing-impaired breeds (BIB) has also been banned in some countries because their grotesquely flattened faces cause them to struggle to walk, play, and breathe—a leading cause of their deaths.
“UGA’s mascot program is driving up the demand for dogs who can barely breathe or breed naturally, and people who are defending it are unaware of those two facts,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is calling on everyone who cares about Uga to watch the video, listen, and learn about this manipulated breed and then urge the university to stop sentencing more dogs to groping by human hands and short lives of gasping for air.”
PETA also sent a letter today to Charles Seiler, Uga’s breeder, urging him to stop breeding bulldogs, noting that a recent PETA investigation caught a worker at a pet store that sells English bulldogs explaining that there’s no lifetime warranty on BIBs because of the serious health issues that they inevitably suffer from. Uga VI died of congestive heart failure, Uga VII died of a heart attack, and Uga VIII died of lymphoma when he was less than a year and a half old. But breeders continue to produce English bulldogs and other BIBs despite these well-known health issues—and even though around 70 million dogs and cats are homeless in the U.S. at any given time.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information about PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.