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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


Apr 14, 2018 Candi Gaona
Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Whipple
Apr 14, 2018 Kay Birkinshaw
Apr 14, 2018 Gary Gerard
Apr 10, 2018 Eileen Darcy
Apr 10, 2018 Linda Cummings This is beyond stupid and only a total moron would think this is a good idea. We need to protect these animals from the assholes that walk among us.
Apr 10, 2018 John Baughman
Apr 9, 2018 Jane Rigney
Apr 9, 2018 Karla Zanotelli
Apr 8, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 8, 2018 Brigitte Hecht
Apr 5, 2018 Stacey McRae
Apr 5, 2018 DEBBIE CONRAD
Apr 5, 2018 Leslie Poms
Apr 2, 2018 Jeanne Bradbury Can't we EVER evolve beyond these animal abuses??
Apr 2, 2018 Karin Zimmermann
Mar 31, 2018 Larry Carradine
Mar 29, 2018 Patricia Walker
Mar 29, 2018 bernadette gustin
Mar 29, 2018 Marie-France Taillebois
Mar 29, 2018 Michèle Lebourg
Mar 29, 2018 Rosalinde Katz
Mar 29, 2018 Marilyn Thorson
Mar 28, 2018 Megan Tunstall
Mar 28, 2018 Joan Heezen
Mar 28, 2018 Jessica Maynard
Mar 28, 2018 Shelley Dorgan
Mar 28, 2018 lydia zink
Mar 27, 2018 WENDY LEVY
Mar 27, 2018 Sarah Young
Mar 27, 2018 Martine Sulpice
Mar 27, 2018 sylvie taliercio
Mar 27, 2018 Selena Millman
Mar 27, 2018 Jozef Lesaffre
Mar 27, 2018 Rita Scholliers
Mar 27, 2018 Graciela Rodriguez-Sero
Mar 27, 2018 fiore veronique
Mar 27, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 26, 2018 benoit dominique
Mar 26, 2018 michel/bernadette charlier/gustin
Mar 26, 2018 Ronny De Coster
Mar 26, 2018 Caroline Sévilla
Mar 26, 2018 Laurence Violet
Mar 26, 2018 Mia Van de loo
Mar 26, 2018 Louna Badran
Mar 26, 2018 Joke Brussen
Mar 26, 2018 janese hexon
Mar 26, 2018 veronique bergeron stop
Mar 26, 2018 Lens Lucas
Mar 26, 2018 Annemarie Ramaekers

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