Some of you may know last week, the University of Georgia mascot, UGA VII, passed away at the young age of 4 due to "heart-related causes." His father, UGA VI, died of the same thing.
A friend of mine that used to breed English Bulldogs up in Illinois said that the UGA lines are some of the most unhealthy Bulldogs out there, and that it is common knowledge among EB breeders that the line also produces a high percentage of sterile males as well.
I guess PETA sent a letter to UGA telling them to just stop using the mascot altogether (of course, they suggested an animatronic dog or a costumed mascot in its place.)
British veterinarian Emma Milne of BBC One's "Vets in Practice" program also wanted to ban the breeding of Bulldogs as we know they today calling them mutants or something of that nature with major health issues.
I'd be curious to find out how other "UGAs" died as well, and could all of this have been prevented with better breeding practices instead of satisfying the UGA fans? (As in...not breeding dogs with heart problems, known health issues, etc.?)