WESTWOOD — Following UCLA administration’s decision to put a large protective box around the Bruin Bear statue in Bruin Plaza for “Rivalry Week,” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) issued a statement of disapproval. “This action is deplorable; boxing up that poor statue like some animal,” said PETA Spokeswoman Charlene Evans. Although the box is meant to protect the bear from cross-town pranksters, PETA alleges that the decision is more harmful than helpful. “Everything about the statue’s new habitat is degrading to its health. I mean, how would you like to live somewhere that is constantly being defaced with penises and shameless student organization advertisements?” The Bruin Bear could not be reached for comment at press time, as its new enclosure prohibits communication and all basic living necessities, such as air and water.
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