Letters: PETA’s way isn’t the right one for Mike VI _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Mike VI, a Bengali-Siberian hybrid tiger and LSU's resident live mascot, grooms himself in his habitat, Thursday, February 25, 2016 on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge, La.

I am sitting down trying to figure out who appointed PETA to tell us what foods we shouldn’t eat and what type fur we shouldn’t wear. Don’t drink milk because it’s cruel to the cow.

Now, they want to tell us that when this Mike The Tiger is gone, we shouldn’t get another one because it’s not a tiger’s normal habitat.

Well, they are correct. Mike has a million-dollar home complete with air conditioning in his quarters, a swimming pool, and he gets fed a prescribed diet by veterinarians from the LSU Vet School. He has veterinary science students who rotate shifts to look after him and clean his sleeping quarters, and he eats better than half the world’s population. He gets dental care and medical care.

If humans followed PETA’s advice of being in their natural environment, we would all be living in a cave. When, and if, PETA files suit, I would doubt it would gain traction in Baton Rouge, and if they appeal it, the Fifth Circuit would hear the case, and that’s as far as it will get.

If PETA’s case was won, I would think all zoos in the United States would have to get rid of their tigers, or maybe all their animals. I sure enjoyed my steak tonight, PETA.

Raymond Fisher

retired electrician/instrument technician