PETA
is no stranger to creating controversy by asking sports teams to change their
exploitative mascots, but in this
case, we’re offering to help a football franchise fend off criticism.

After
the Washington Redskins
came under renewed pressure to change
the team’s name as a result of its racial implications, we leapt to the rescue with
an ingenious—and healthy—solution.

Don’t
change the legendary Redskins name. Just change the logo.

When
you hear the word “redskin,” what do you immediately think of?
Potatoes, of course! And who could be offended by a harmless redskin
potato—except, maybe, for the Yukon Gold lobby (and if
Alaska had a football team, rest assured that we’d be the first to suggest the
Yukon Gold Diggers as a franchise name).

The redskin potato would be a noble mascot for a
variety of reasons. Potatoes are also native Americans, having been cultivated in Peru
for millennia. A tasty, versatile, animal- and environmentally friendly
vegan staple, potatoes are now the most popular vegetable in the U.S. They are loaded with
nutrients, including iron, potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and even protein, and red
potatoes in particular are high in antioxidants. (Take that, Cheeseheads.)

By
keeping the name and adopting a heart-healthy, appeeling logo, the Washington Redskins would set a powerful example
on and off the field. And that’s no small potatoes.

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Article source: PETA Files

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