The History Channel Must Stop Airing “Swamp People”

Target: The History Channel and the producers of “Swamp People”

Goal: Convince the History Channel to discontinue the reality TV show “Swamp People” and all other shows that advocate hunting and killing animals.

Killing animals is not an acceptable thing, nor should it be televised as a reality TV show. It is clear that the History Channel and the producers of Swamp People are solely interested in making money wherever possible and they clearly have no regard for wildlife. Swamp People is a reality TV show that the History Channel airs which documents the Cajuns, or swamp people, that live in Louisiana in the swamp areas who hunt and kill innocent alligators during alligator season in order to make a living. In doing so, these “swamp people” go around on a boat looking for alligators to slaughter. Usually, the alligators are not easily killed with one bullet shot, so it usually takes several shots. Sometimes the alligators are seen trying to swim away but they cannot because they are injured and suffering from the pain of having been shot. The alligators never get away because they are captured by the swamp people. In other cases, the swamp people lay out bait with sharp hooks that get caught on the mouths of alligators. These alligators have to endure the immense pain sometimes for hours before the swamp people come to kill them. What is even more sad is that while the swamp people are killing the alligators, they are laughing and joking about it. While the swamp people are not torturing and killing alligators, they are seen hunting and killing other innocent animals for fun.

There is certainly nothing funny about killing and torturing animals and it is such a tragedy that even the History Channel would support it by airing such a barbaric thing. This TV show depicts cruel and inhumane behavior toward animals and what is sick about it is that it is not only supported but encouraged by channels such as the History Channel. Killing innocent animals in their natural habitat and making money off of it not only should be illegal and discouraged, but be made a crime to televise such cruelty for entertainment and money. On top of that, this show and others like it continues such myths that alligators are bad and dangerous animals. They are no different than you or me; alligators, like all animals are only trying to survive. It is obvious that humans kill far more alligators and other animals than animals kill humans.

In the same manner that shows like this continue the myths that alligators are dangerous so supposedly it makes it OK for people to hunt and kill them, it also makes the younger generation think that it is OK to hunt and kill animals. By airing this show, the History Channel is giving a bad influence to kids who might watch this show. This show does absolutely nothing to educate the younger generation about wildlife, living in harmony with animals and having an appreciation for them, but rather, it continues to promote killing as a solution which is never a solution. Killing will never solve any problems, it only continues them.

Shame on the History Channel for promoting such cruel, horrific and heart wrenching behavior and for not really educating the younger generation about wildlife, but only educating them about killing. Shame on the state of Louisiana for allowing this kind of thing to happen. The Cajuns claim that alligator hunting is a tradition of theirs that dates back to several hundred years ago. So supposedly that makes it OK for them to continue killing innocent creatures? Living in a modern country, why would anyone allow such barbaric things to continue on, tradition or not? Times change, people change, things change and laws change. I say that hunting and killing animals needs to be 100% illegal and that this show be taken off the air for good. It is time that people become educated about how valuable wildlife and nature are and that we should respect them.

Please sign this petition to demand that Swamp People be taken off the air and that animals should not be treated in such cruel ways, that it is not OK to make money off killing innocent creatures.


Dear History Channel and the producers of Swamp People,

While your reality TV show Swamp People may be entertaining to some people, it is highly offensive to others. It also does not even talk about history, so it really does not make sense for you to air that show. Swamp People does nothing to educate people about history, it only promotes killing. It is very immoral to air a show that depicts people torturing and killing animals. This is no way to live and the fact the people actually make money on killing animals is barbaric. I am very ashamed that you, the History Channel, would ever support such a horrible thing, much less encourage it. I urge you to think about it and to realize that killing animals or any living creature is not acceptable and should not be shown for entertainment and profit.

You should be concerned about the kind of people that may watch your show, such as kids, and the kind of effect it may have on them. This is not a good influence for kids and should not be dismissed as if it were. Promoting killing as a hobby or as a solution to any problem will never solve them, it will only continue the violence and killing and continue to make this world a horrible place to live in.


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  1. Coleen Walters says:

    If you do not like the show just don’t watch it. They clearly explain they do kill gators to keep the [population under control. Just imagine you live there and gators were free roaming your land what would you think about killing them ? Or would you call ghost busters?History channel please put the show back on Swamp People is my favorite show of all time.

    • Linda myers says:

      I agree with Coleen if you don’t like it turn the channel but History Channel please put it back on

  2. Barbara foster says:

    Please put swamp people back on the air! Just because some people don’t like it doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot that do. Ps most of the time it only takes one shot

  3. Coleen is right, like it or not its about conservation.
    Same thing about hunting seasons for other wildlife also.

    Not all of us are fidiots that “demand” being listened to. Some of us DO enjoy wildlife shows whether it be about hunting or conservation.

  4. Tree hugging retards. What part of conservation is hard to understand.

  5. It’s truly unfortunate that the people who dislike the needed practice of alligator hunting don’t use their efforts and energies on more problematic issues such as elliminating hunger(alligators provide food), the unemployment rate(alligator hunting provides jobs on many levels),and the poor state of our ecosystem(which would be in much worse condition if gator populations were allowed to grow unchecked). I think they should focus on these and other much more valid problems our country faces and give their soapboxes a rest.

  6. Screw this treehugging pussy!! They should open a hunting season on these types of yuppy bastards. (no bag limit). Hell, let’s make it year round with prize money for most yuppies whacked!!! This asshole has got to be a Yankee

  7. Why can they not tranc them and take them away?

    • Tranq them and take them where? We are talking about 30,000+ gators tagged each season and that barely culls their numbers. Where could we possibly dump that many gators? Tranquilizing and relocation is a nice idea, but not a viable option. There really isn’t another viable option and hunting them as the “swamp people” do is humane.

  8. Donna Kaye Leger says:

    I don’t know why stupid people like to make statements that they know Nutting about. Swamp people hunt alligators, because it is a way of our life in the swamp we did not only to help keep the population of the Gators, we hunt alligators yeah for money that’s how we make our living but we also eat the meat we used the skins pods have anyone put it for many other things if y’all thanks that is cruel to hunt alligators then I guess yall think it’s cruel to kill cows chickens and other animals that we eat, it may take more than one shot occasionally but most of the time it is only one if we do not shoot them they tend to multiply way too many and then there is not enough food for them to eat that would be like not killing any animal for food because if you let the population get out of control then they’re killing each other, to try to survive because they eat more food any grown man and his family can eat at one sitting they kill each other and the meat and the hides go to waste so why not let our people do what we do, all you people who don’t understand our way of life should try to live in the swamps for a little while then you will see that if we do not kill them and they overtake the bayous in the swamps they’re killing our pets our children and even family members that are elderly. Before you start discriminating against our way of life you need to live in our lives walk a mile in their shoes we live on our land, we don’t ask for help and feeding our families because we do it ourselves with the animals that we hunt. If you have a problem with swamp people comely of the one year in the swamps and values of Louisiana. If you have any questions are any comments about my statement you can call me at anytime my number is 318 264 5476. Do your research before you condemn people. I guarantee every last one of you who are talking about how bad and how and humane the show is has at one time are another has killed an animal to eat can use for clothing. Swamp People may be a reality show but it is the way of life of the Cajuns we has done this for over 300 years, we do not waste any part of the animals that we hunt all parts of ews the meat is used to eat the hides are used for clothing. I’ll even be willing to bet that we all love wearing alligator shoes boots Karen alligator purses and all of this but yet you want to condemn us or feeding our families.

  9. I haven’t read one word about killing babies then sell baby parts. How much longer will GOD put up with this evil

  10. They mill the Gators to control over population you idiots.

  11. They kill the Gators to control over population you idiots.

  12. Recently been watching Swamp People for the first time. Suggest it would be more palatable if there were more explanations about the ecological effects. Culling the aligators under controlled conditions can be justified. The apparent uncontrolled collecting of snakes and frogs needs a lot more explanation. Sure I don’t like poisonous snakes but shooting off the head of a water moccasin swimming away from the boat was going too far I thought.

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