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Former Georgia Bulldogs Star Has A Message For PETA

Georgia's two mascots sitting on the field together before a game.

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 29: Georgia Bulldogs mascots Hairy Dawg (R) and UGA VII pose together for photos before the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Athens, Georgia. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Bulldogs 45-42. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

The University of Georgia and the Georgia Bulldogs football team caught some heat in a tweet from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) animal rights group over their "treatment" of beloved bulldog mascot Uga X.

The Georgia football program and PETA both received a lot of attention on social media over the controversy. But plenty of former Georgia players have come out to completely rebuke what the animal rights group said.

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, former Georgia star Mecole Hardman Jr. called on PETA to delete their tweet criticizing the treatment of Uga.

Hardman laughed at PETA's demand that Uga be retired. He also indicated that in his experience, Uga has always been treated well.

Uga seemed to agree on his "personal Twitter account."

Hardman is far from alone in telling PETA to step off in this case. Their initial tweet has been ratio'd like crazy in the two days since posting it.

All iterations of Uga have been beloved members of the Georgia athletics family since being introduced in the 1950s.

As for Uga X, Georgia currently boasts a 77.7-percent win rate on the football field since he took over in 2015. Suffice it to say, the more superstitious members of the Bulldogs fanbase won't want him going anywhere.