Texas A&M Aggies running back Isaiah Spiller had just scored a touchdown against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The ensuing kickoff went into the end zone for a touchback. It was early in the second quarter at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville. All of that sounds pretty normal, right? It was, until two ladies decided to go onto the field.
As soon as the whistle blew, a pair of women sprinted onto Scott Field to protest animal rights for PETA. They had signs stating “TEXAS A&M: STOP CRUEL DOG TEST.” They had matching t-shirts, too.
Like almost every fan who dares to run onto the field at a sporting event, they were removed by security. These ladies didn’t go out quietly, though. Both were tackled and one was even dragged off the college football field.
PETA Protestors Tackled, Dragged Off Field
As if college football games during the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak weren’t already strange enough with limited or no fans, PETA protests in the first half at MSU took it up yet another notch on ESPN.
PETA sent a letter to Mississippi State last year, asking them to retire their live bulldog mascot after a game with the Auburn Tigers. This year, the PETA protestors wanted to “slam” the visiting Aggies.
According to PETA, the protests were focused on TAMU “for experimenting on golden retrievers who were bred to have a debilitating canine form of muscular dystrophy (MD) that leaves the them struggling to walk, swallow, and even breathe.”
“For decades, generations of dogs have suffered and died in gruesome experiments that haven’t led to a cure for muscular dystrophy in humans,” PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo said in a press release. “PETA is calling on Texas A&M to care about these tormented dogs as much as it does its football games and release them into loving homes.”Advertisement
Mississippi State fans shook their cowbells and the video was immediately trending on social media. The game didn’t go well for head coach Mike Leach and the Bulldogs, but the fans were at least excited to cheer about something.
The two women were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and trespass.
Crazy things can happen at SEC games. Kentucky took down Tennessee and Nick Saban’s Alabama team beat Georgia again. However, a highlight of the mid-October weekend had nothing to do with football. It was PETA trying to be in the latest news again.