The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals began protesting Texas A&M’s mascot, Reveille, Thursday, Nov. 5 at Academic Plaza by wearing recreations of Reveille’s traditional shawl. It was embroidered with the phrase “Free me from my shackles!” while insubordinately defecating around campus.
“It is preposterous that a school of higher learning promotes domestication of this majestic creature,” said Brazos County PETA organizer, Arthur James. “If A&M truly loved Reveille, the students would allow her to run free through campus doing her business where she desires.”
Since speaking out two weeks ago against Texas A&M’s use of elephants during the campus’ traditional Elephant walk, PETA has continued protesting the campus for its inhumane treatment of all animals.
“The University continues to degrade living creatures through intrusive invasion of animal privacy and entrapment of wildlife” said James. “Parsons Mounted Cavalry, Ag-lantis, and the University’s various squirrel projects are all examples of this. I also have a good hunch that the vet school is a front for useless animal experiments.”
PETA took notice of Reveille when her handler, Cadet Ryan Kreider, saved her from a collision with an SMU football player during the SMU game on Sept. 20.
“We have been watching this poor creature since that incident,” said James. “A&M is at fault for pampering her and leaving her defenseless. If she were to be put in her natural habitat today, she would surely die.”
When asked about her lavish lifestyle and accusations of being defenseless, Reveille VIII simply stared at squirrels.