Target: Matt Pepper, President and CEO of Michigan Humane Society
Goal: Cancel cruel alligator wrestling show that allegedly violates state statutes against animal cruelty.
A show involving teasing, poking, and wrestling alligators is scheduled for multiple performances over the weekend and some of Michigan’s citizens say the show violates the state statutes on animal cruelty. One man chose to file a complaint regarding the Swampmaster Gator Show, saying it violates the rule that no person shall entice or tease a dog or other animal.
Recent performances included the alligator handler Jeff Quattrocchi poking an alligator with a stick, causing it to bite the stick. In other acts, he climbs on the alligator’s back and wrestles its mouth open, showing the audience its teeth. Quattrocchi claims that climbing on their backs gives the “rush the show promotes.”
Aside from the questionable behavior of wrestling alligators for a show, it’s cruel to use wild animals for performances in general. It seems as if this show could be more about personal gain and money rather than education. There are other, safe and humane ways to run an alligator show. Demand that this abusive program be cancelled.
Dear President Pepper,
The Swampmaster Gator Show is scheduled to perform in Grand Rapids, Michigan this weekend. It’s been brought to our attention that the performances may violate the rule that no person shall entice or tease a dog or other animal. The performances reportedly include the alligator being poked with a stick and a man climbing on its back and forcing its mouth open for the audience to see the teeth. It seems cruel to wrestle or poke a wild animal with a stick until the animal chews it up.
It’s up to us to be the voice for innocent animals who may be enduring mistreatment. We urge you to seriously consider how these acts violate Michigan rules and please help get this show cancelled.
[Your Name Here]
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