There is a referendum this week on the election of students at the University of California (Davis) to turn the campus pet into a cow.
The purpose of MOOvement is not to confuse the name Aggies, as it would be, but to turn the Gunrock Mustang’s pet into a cow.
Referendum organizers have argued that Davis needs “a unique personality … a pet that can build a community.” Many universities, they point out, have mustang pets, and Davis students feel a greater affinity with cows living on and around rural campuses.
Gunrock, now portrayed as a smiling blue horse, has historical roots (but not a mustang) in a real horse brought to the Davis Farm in the University of California in the 1920s as part of a U.S. Army cavalry breeding program.
Mick Hashimoto, an undergraduate student who is leading the referendum, said California Aggie Davis students voted to convert the pet into a cow in 1993, but the administration overturned the decision.
He cited UC Santa Cruz’s banana slugs and UC Irvine’s audience as examples of pets that embody the spirit of the individual campus.
In the 1980s, Santa Cruz’s official mascot was a sea lion, but a student movement raised the unofficial mascot — the calm banana — to that position. Irvin’s Peter the Anteater campus was founded in 1965 and was chosen shortly after.
UC Santa Barbara has experienced the roar of a new pet in recent years, with some seeing their nightmare as a racist caricature. A raccoon has been proposed as a substitute; so far, the nightmare remains.
Voting for the UC Davis Associated Student Election will be extended until May 15th.
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