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. I think this swamp people show is cruel and evil . Please somebody stand up and take it off history channel . Alligators are one of gods beautiful creations just watching this show makes me want to cry . Their shouldn’t be any shows about killing animals that’s wrong . Those poor alligators they are innocent and then these mean people come nd kill them. I hope they remove this show from history channel as soon as possible .

    • I live in new oleans tese sweet gators are over populated,you would think there so sweet when they eat your pet or a small child,come down here and try to pet one,where do you think your big mac comes from??????

  2. Georgia Bain says:

    If y’all don’t like Swamp People, why do you watch it?! I know on my TV there are a LOT of other things on at the same time but I choose to watch Swamp People because I like the program — it depicts life as it is. Alligators pose a real threat to the people and animals in that area and need to be kept under some kind of control. This is the only way there is to do it. No, you can’t just go out and tell the ‘gators not to grab the family pet, or the livestock, or a member of the family. They have to eat and they do it in the only way they know how and those that are in danger have to take care of that however possible or necessary. Again, if you don’t like Swamp People, then simply don’t watch it. I, personally, hope it stays on for a very long time and you can bet I will watch it whenever it is on. Could it be that some of you just watch it so you can get on here the day after it airs so you can bitch about it. Get over it!

  3. I care and am not liberal. says:

    I change the channel all the time, it still doesn’t make it right. If every part of the animal is being used then, that’s the animal sacrificing itself for you to live. Respect! However, I don’t recall our ancestors out there with shot guns blowing their heads off — that is not HISTORY that is nothing more than Ignorance and disrespect for every ancestor that hunted the old ways and instilled those teachings into us. A shot gun is a cowards way, get in there with your hands and lets see who comes out on top. Just saying.

  4. Wow get a life what about the snake problem in Florida that’s killing babies eating dogs why don’t you try huggers climb the trees and get the snakes I can tell you your kids learn more on a school bus and the Internet like the choking game drugs and teen pregnancy also your houses must be full of mice and roaches because you don’t want to have an exterminator oh please don’t kill the roaches get a life

  5. I live in New Orleans, do you know the gator population is so large, that the gators run across our highways and streets. They will come in your backyard and eat your pets and yes, small children as well. So before you complain about Swamp People, why don’t you come down here and sit in my backyard for awhile and go hug some trees in the swamps. The gators they kill they eat just like the hamburger from McDonalds, and guess where that comes from? Why don’t you worry about more important things like our troops overseas that are already deceased and why the government won’t pay to have them shipped home to put them to rest.

  6. well said Scott

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