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. Tyler Schemel says:

    Okay you have to be kidding me, This has to be the most idiotic petition I have ever read. First of all swamp people did tell history, It told the history of alligators where you can locate them and other knowledgeable this as well such as how to look at the water and tell there is an alligator near by or not, Witch is very good because you don’t want to go swimming if there’s a gator in the area because someone swimming looks like a fish in distress to them, BTW they teach you that on the show as well. The show also teaches you about the Cajun peoples way of life. Second it is necessary to hunt and to kill animals, if we don’t hunt gators and other animals they will get over populated and start attacking humans more going into peoples yards and such looking for food because there will be to many. again you would have learned this from the show as well.. Another thing I cant believe that you can sit there and write something like this and say it is bad for kids to watch. please that is the last things you should worry about a kid seeing. Its good for a kid to watch shows like this because humans are not at the top of the food chain and these shows teach them that as well as teach them some things that they could use in life if they where to ever need to. You might be asking “like what” well I have given some damn good ones already but let me give you some more. They can learn where to shoot an alligator or any other animal if they where to ever have to. Hunting is a way of life its been around since the cave mean hunting is HISTORY so grow up if you don’t want your kids watching something where the poor vicious animals get killed don’t let them. But you think they are tortured no they aren’t every hunter does their best to make that one shot count because in most cases you only have one shot. The animals drop dead and don’t feel anything. Dogs and cats and any other animal are not at all like the animals you find in the wild its kill or be killed with more than half of the wild animals. if you where to really sit down and watch these shows that you are dis owning you may learn something.

  2. I agree.These people care more about getting their point across than honest people feeding their families.If they couldn’t hunt these jerks would be the first to bitch if they needed welfare.

  3. Jayme Lester says:

    To the poster and signers of this petition…. you are all as ignorant as the day is long. With out hunting and keeping the gators in check they would over run the area. This is why they season is highly regulated and only a set amount is able to be harvested. These so called innocent gators kill children cats dogs men women livestock….every year. Imagine what would happen without any control over their population. Your post is stupid uninformed and ignorant.

  4. Where is new swamp people. Missing my favorite show.-

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