Laws on the Use of Live Animal Mascots

A California political candidate is facing a lawsuit for what he brought to a campaign rally. I’m Amy E. Feldman.

A California politician brought a trained Kodiak bear to a campaign rally. Because what better way to campaign for responsible government than by having a loud, unruly crowd near a thousand-pound bear? The use of live animals as mascots has led to lawsuits in the past, including a lawsuit filed by a photographer who was injured by UT’s longhorn steer mascot at the 2019 Sugar Bowl. While only about 50 colleges still use live animal mascots, the liability concern is high enough that insurance companies offer insurance for such incidents. But lawsuits don’t just involve injuries to people, they’re also filed to protect animals for violations of state and federal animal cruelty laws. Lucky for the California politician, the bear didn’t eat any of his supporters, but the lawsuit just filed against him by the animal rights activists might just eat up his campaign dollars. 

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