Here's why college football teams use live animals as mascots

CNN/ Newswire | 1/2/2019, 1:11 p.m.
The Georgia Bulldogs took on the Texas Longhorns in the Sugar Bowl Tuesday night in New Orleans, and the clash ...

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Lewis said the use of live animals as mascots is becoming more controversial, as society as a whole becomes more conscious about the rights of animals. But the outrage isn't evenly applied.

"The dogs seem to be OK because they're domesticated," he said.

How the game ended

There's a little more consternation over the use of livestock animals, like Texas's Bevo, but Lewis said the real outrage seems to be for the use of predator animals -- like tigers and lions -- as mascots because many of them are caged on the sidelines and that just doesn't set right with some.

"That's a real trigger point for some people," he said.

The pre-game scuffle between Bevo and Uga, in which the steer took it to the bulldog, seemed to be a preview of the game, which Texas won 28-21. Heck, the animal clash may have been the most entertaining thing anyone saw in a college football stadium that day.

"For some folks that was the highlight of the New Year's Day bowls," Lewis chuckled.