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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

 

Photo credit: baby alligator via public-domain-image.com

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  1. Airing of vicious cruelty by the worst criminals. The psychotic producers who make this so called “show” should be thrown in prison along with thee pedophiles and threats to society who take part in these atrocities.

  2. Charlene says:

    If we don’t kill some off they over populate.Do you think gators that make.it to ponds and homes would think.twice about.eating us.it is a controlled killed and necessary

  3. This is horrible

  4. Alligators are just like every other predator animal and they have zero respect for anything on their food chain including humans. If they are not controlled with a seasonal hunt tag total soon you will find them inhabiting your swimming pool and dining on your children and pets. The swamp people are not hunting for sport. All of the gators are used and very little if anything goes to waste. You are the people that hug trees and belong to organizations like PETA but you don’t look at the over all picture. Only your side of the equation. If the many departments of wildlife in our states and Federal Government did not put the control seasons on the animals soon with the breeding and birthing out of control the animals would be at the top of the food chain and humans would be at the bottom. If you like the alligators so much go on down to Louisiana and go swimming with them but make out your will before going………….jmho

  5. Here is the reality. Alligators are like the dear of the water. If left unchecked they will become over populated. Once this happens they will kill off local wildlife faster than it can reproduce. When there is no longer natural prey around they will move to cats, dogs, and humans. Humans are not natural prey for alligators, but when they become over populated they will be forced into civilized areas. Since alligators are purely driven by instinct they will easily confuse a child swimming for prey. The sole reason alligators escaped extinction in the 80’s were because of humans. Many animal rights groups claim credit for this accomplishment when in fact, the largest contributor to their survival was the leather industry. The leather industry opened thousands of breeding centers scattered throughout the south and was the largest contributor to the relocation program. I understand those that oppose hunting, but if you are going to stand so firmly for or against something, please be educated.

  6. trevor whitlock says:

    Everyone who is trying to cancel this show are idiots. If aligators are not killed they will over populate and kill the environment. Know your facts about animals before you petition something. America has become overly sensitive this is why we are a bad nation and are hated by so many nations. If they didn’t do this just imgaine tons of aligators getting into our swimming pools and attacking our domesticated animals and small children. PEOPLE USE YOUR BRAINS. If you have a problem message me Oregonstatefan89@gmail.com

  7. You said that the show Swamp People does not educate and isn’t about history. Where did you go to school? The show is about the way of life on the swamps and teaches conservation !!!!! That’s the way it’s always been done. Asking people to sign this petition is just as ignorant as you !!!! Go back to school and learn something about history and the nature of animals,,, might also learn how to change channels on you tv !!!!
    Bring back my favorite show !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. This channel should be named so viewers will know it is a hunting channel. The NRA must be up their ass. I accidentally hit on the channel last night and saw a man and kid hunting a buffalo and 2 rednecks trying to kill a big cat. It made me sick, but I had a remedy: I went into TiVo channel settings and sent the entire channel to the black hole of trash channels.

    Some smart lawyer should sue them for false advertising. This is not history; it is a channel that promotes hunting and should be labeled as such. Disney, half owner in the channel, should be ashamed, pushing guns and murder on people during family hours.

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