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WHAT DOES A PUB IN ENGLAND HAVE TO DO WITH GAMECOCK FOOTBALL?

|| By FITSNEWS ||  “Ye Olde Fighting Cocks” is the oldest pub in England … but according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) it’s also one of the most offensively named.  And so the organization is pushing for a rechristening.

“We wrote to the pub owners asking them to consider changing the establishment’s name to Ye Olde Clever Cocks – in recognition of society’s growing compassion for animals and in celebration of intelligent, sensitive chickens,” PETA wrote.

Jeez … “clever cocks?”  Bollocks!

Located in St. Albans (north of London), Ye Olde Fighting Cocks changed its name to The Fisherman in 1849 after cockfighting was outlawed in Great Britain.  That name change didn’t last long, though.  And the pub – which traces its history back to the eighth century – says it has no intention of adopting PETA’s suggestion.

So … how long will it be before PETA turns its focus on the University of South Carolina and its athletic mascot, the “Fighting Gamecock.”

Um, look in the rearview …

In late 2001, the group sent a letter to then-USC president John Palms urging him to “make a long-overdue name change to better reflect society’s increasing awareness of, sensitivity to, and rejection of needless violence in all its forms.”

The group said that cockfighting – like dogfighting, spousal abuse, bank robbery, and driving while intoxicated – was illegal in South Carolina, and that “it’s a safe bet officials at University of South Carolina would never dream of calling their athletic teams the Dogfighters, Wifebeaters, Looters, or Road-Ragers.”

Obviously the Gamecocks didn’t change their name …

Sadly, there’s been little “fight” in the program of late – at least when it comes to the school’s big revenue sports.  After three years of unprecedented success, South Carolina’s football program fielded the nation’s most disappointing team last year – while its men’s basketball program has failed to turn the corner under fourth-year head coach Frank Martin.  Meanwhile the school’s baseball team – which won back-to-back national championships in 2010 and 2011 – failed to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999.

The only bright spot?  Women’s basketball … which repeated as SEC regular season champions and won the SEC tournament en route to the school’s first-ever Final Four appearance.

This website rejects the inhumane treatment of animals – be it dogfighting, bear-baying or cockfighting.  Such activities are disgusting, and we have zero tolerance for individuals who engage in them.  Having said that, it’s ridiculous to think a pub name – or a University’s mascot – is someone going to encourage a rash of such activities.

Bottom line?  There are real issues to address in college athletics.  This isn’t one of them …

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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