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PETA takes issue with Nebraska player who killed raccoon in botched selfie attempt

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There’s a new chapter to last week’s story of the Nebraska football player who stopped to take a selfie with a raccoon.

To recap: Huskers defensive end Jack Gangwish saw a raccoon on the side of the road and stopped to take a selfie with the animal. It bit him and so, as he told the Journal-Star, he needed to subdue it so he could get tested for rabies. Instead, he accidently killed it with a wrench.

Gangwish tweeted about the incident: “Guys... I got bit by a raccoon...It just looked so soft and friendly I couldn’t help it!”

That tweet has been deleted, but Gangwish did get the results of the rabies test:

It’s all good, right?

PETA says no way. On its website, the animal-rights organization asked that Gangwish be disciplined and that Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst have all of the school’s athletes take empathy training.

“Student athletes are set up to be role models, so it’s critical for the university to send its players the message that bullying and abusing anyone is unacceptable,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk wrote in the letter.

PETA noted that Jets quarterback Michael Vick took an eight-hour class in empathy and animal protection.

By the way, it is legal to hunt raccoons in Nebraska, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Department.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/pgrathoff

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