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Ravens Plan to Use Actual Ravens as Mascots Runs A-Fowl of PETA
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jul 2nd 2008 8:35AM by Josh Alper
It’s pretty common to see a college team using a live animal as their mascot. Ralphie the Buffalo leads Colorado’s football team onto the field, for example, and a succession of bulldogs named Uga have inspired Georgia. It’s not quite as common in the NFL, though. Most of the time NFL players and animals meet up, the consequences aren’t that great for either side.

The Ravens are trying to change that, however, by using a pair of actual ravens as part of pre-game festivities. That caught the eye of PETA who are urging the team to rethink their plan.
“[The] bright lights, screaming fans, and loud noises - such as air horns, bands, and amplified sound systems - are terrifying for animals who can’t possibly understand what is going on. Regardless of how these birds are trained, they are likely to be severely distressed by the overwhelming confusion of the situation.”
Peter Schmuck of the asks a good question: Why should they be treated any differently than Kyle Boller?

I’m all for treating animals with respect but judging from the amount of birds that seem to make their homes in stadiums, this seems a bit overblown. They might lack understanding of what’s going on but that doesn’t seem to affect them enough to steer clear of loud, bright places. The Ravens appear to agree and indicated that they won’t be changing their plans.

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