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PETA Urges End of Auburn Eagle Flights, Ignorant of History?

Don't Tread On Me.

After Spirit’s adventure last Saturday, some people don’t think Auburn’s treatment of its eagles is very ethical.

In a letter published in today’s Montgomery Advertiser, Lindsay Pollard Post of, ah yes, the PETA Foundation writes:

The crash of a bald eagle named Spirit into a window during a forced pre-game flight at the Auburn Tigers’ stadium on Saturday is a sad example of how animals suffer when we drag them into human celebrations.

In light of Spirit’s disturbing accident, let’s hope the Tigers will be good sports and retire their animal mascots to sanctuaries, where they can live out their days in peace and safety.

Thing is, that probably wouldn’t be very ethical.

From the Southeastern Raptor Center website:

In 1995, Spirit was discovered as an injured fledgling in Florida. He came to Auburn in 1998 and joined the educational collection at the Raptor Center. His damaged beak makes him non-releasable


This isn’t the first time Auburn has had a run-in with PETA. In 2007, some vet student went all whistle blower for the animal rights group over alleged malfeasance in canine kidney transplants. Thing is, there wasn’t really a whistle to blow—Auburn ended the program in question 13 months before PETA used it to grab headlines.

Peace Eagle, PETA… Peace Eagle.

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