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Far before Europeans made their way to America, the Seminole Native Americans utilized specialized skills to hunt and capture alligators in order to survive in the depths of Florida’s swamp land.

But after a while, the people who would eventually colonize America realized they could use the allure of both Native Americans and alligators together to begin the roadside attraction of alligator wrestling [3].

The industry took off in the 1920's [1] and turned an important part of Seminole culture into an entertainment show.

These shows are not only dangerous for the people involved, but they also blatantly exploit alligators for the sole purpose of making money based on shock value.

With a bite force of nearly 3,000 pounds, alligators have easily one of the most powerful bites out of any animal on the planet [4], making them far too dangerous for people to provoke on purpose. Growing up to 15 feet long, and weighing around 500 pounds, these predators are purposefully built hunters that have no issue attacking anyone and anything that gets too close, especially people who want to turn the animals into a spectacle.

The giant reptiles are dragged into a ring by their tails, and are provoked in various ways to make them open their mouths in anger [2], all for the sake of 'a better show.' Alligators are wild animals and apex predators, and deserve to live in the wild, not be abused for profit or held in captivity.

Help us put a stop to the use of these reptiles for entertainment and allow them to remain free in their native habitats.

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To the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Florida Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation,

Alligator wrestling for the sole purpose of providing a roadside attraction to lure in tourists and make money is a practice that should have been banned decades ago.

Not only does this industry seek to exploit alligators for profit, but it also takes away from the Seminole Native American's culture by turning a people’s means of tradition into a sideshow.

Both humans and alligators alike suffer because of alligator wresting.

The "sport" is extremely dangerous, and many of the wrestlers are bitten or attacked on a far too regular basis, on top of the fact that the animals themselves are being held captive for the sole purpose of being abused to provide a show.

Alligators should not have to continue in their suffering because of people trying to make a quick dollar, and the Seminole culture should not be forced to be looked at in a negative light because of the entertainment industry.

Please come together to ban the practice from roadside attractions and other places who seek to simply exploit alligators and Native American culture for their own profit.

The animals deserve to be free.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jan 20, 2018 susan shawket This is NOT fun...it's cruelty and abuse of these creatures.
Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 13, 2018 Dorothy Dagnall
Jan 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 7, 2018 eric archambault
Jan 5, 2018 Deborah Bell
Jan 3, 2018 Eleonora De Giorgio
Jan 3, 2018 Caterina Raviglione
Dec 28, 2017 marge beck
Dec 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 13, 2017 Marie Gerbaud
Dec 13, 2017 Mr and Mrs Richard N. Huff
Dec 13, 2017 Gino Czaster
Dec 11, 2017 A Martin
Dec 5, 2017 Robert Furem
Dec 1, 2017 Elizabeth Cano
Nov 25, 2017 Sofi Nordstrom
Nov 23, 2017 Katarina DURJAK
Nov 19, 2017 Kristin Womack
Nov 19, 2017 Barbara Miles
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 19, 2017 Elaine Alfaro
Nov 19, 2017 Leslie Wingerath
Nov 18, 2017 Jim Sheridan
Nov 18, 2017 YVONNE Christison
Nov 18, 2017 Michelle Blackley
Nov 18, 2017 joan gordon
Nov 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 julie matewicz
Nov 15, 2017 Zoe Rolt
Nov 15, 2017 Cheryl Janiszewski
Nov 15, 2017 silke kleinhenz
Nov 15, 2017 Dora Minshull
Nov 14, 2017 Leigh Saunders
Nov 14, 2017 Tânia Feliciano
Nov 13, 2017 Brandi Mounts
Nov 13, 2017 Virgil Pauls
Nov 12, 2017 Alessandra Paolini
Nov 12, 2017 J LATHEM
Nov 12, 2017 Toby Cardoso
Nov 11, 2017 Tamilla BELABBAS
Nov 11, 2017 Pamela Daily
Nov 11, 2017 Simone Duffin
Nov 11, 2017 geri perry
Nov 11, 2017 Terri Sammarco
Nov 11, 2017 Simona Bergman
Nov 11, 2017 patricia remollino Please stop abusing the alligators!
Nov 11, 2017 Patricia Allen
Nov 10, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Nov 9, 2017 elizabeth myrin shore

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