A live eagle has landed again as the Boston College football mascot, but an animal rights group likens its attendance at Alumni Stadium to cruel and unusual punishment.
And that has nothing to do with the indignity of watching a costumed eagle cavort around the sidelines.
“Boston College just flunked Ethics 101 by teaching students that it’s fine to exploit, disrespect, and terrify animals,” said Delcianna Winders, an official with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
PETA asked the US Fish & Wildlife Service on Monday to investigate whether BC is abiding by the law. The last eagle to survey the BC sideline died 47 years ago from a virus.
On the surface, a US wildlife agent said, BC appears to have a legal eagle. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.