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. Please read the Louisiana Department of Fish and Wildlifes information on alligator hunting.It will help in your education.
    To the people who use “Libtard” in your descripton, guess what?
    Liberals hunt and fish too. Please try to inform not just label.

    • Ralph Southwick says:

      Amen to that brother were do these people think the meat they eat comes from just cause they don’t see it being killed these aligators are killed more humainly than most slaughter houses just a bunch of dark hipocrits

  2. Jesse soltero says:

    Shooting an alligator from 2 ft away wow what a man. Don’t the gator help keep the foreign species down?

  3. To you that don’t like Swamp People: Don’t watch it. I’m sure there are many snowflake things for you to watch. Like how to sway back and forth to “Imagine”….it will make you feel better.

  4. Reasonable thinker says:

    It’s funny it’s a huge deal if a gator kills a human which is more than likely the humans fault but yet not a big deal if we kill them . Yeah making a living off your land is one thing but it turns into an addiction to just killing and who gets the most bragging rights . It’s all just a game to them move out of the swamp and get a real damn job leave the eco system go the way it should .

    • Have you ever been to a cattle place where they slaughter cattle at least when you hunt the animal has a chance to do what he wants to do

    • All y’all non-hunters keep eating your hamburger from McDonald’s go to a cow slaughter house and watch them get killed at least wild animals can make their own decision and get away

      • killing animals in captivity is one thing but killing gators is something I don’t approve of. I love to fish and hunt stuff for food but killing animals for fun is wrong

        • Its how they survive…its not “for fun” its real hard work that they HAVE to do to provide for their families especially being so deep in the bayou where there’s nothing around for 30 miles

  5. You self righteous idiots, there are children in America who are hungry today, families without shelter or a safe place to live. And your cause is , Alligators, Wow if you self righteous idiots would think of your fellow man first, then we look at animal safetu. We are our bothers keeper!

  6. You self righteous liberal nuts. See you in the midterm elections.

  7. Only uneducated, backwoods, hillbilly, ‘deplorables’ watch shows like this. Take this crap off the air!

    • Thomas strand says:

      Hey I’m not a hillbilly those people hunt for a living,i enjoy that show for taking a menace off the face of the earth.their dangerous to people animals,such as live stock dogs and deer horses calf’ before you idiots condem people for hunting and watching the show,their is far worse things to watch on TV.

    • What wrong with you people if they didn’t cull the alligators they would be so over populated it would be ridiculous, and then you act like they’re killing the gators for fun when in truth it’s they’re livelihood.

  8. Grow up, you eat cows, chickens, pork, etc. They have to die for you to eat. Cajuns eat alligator. Therefore they have to die too. There’s an overabundance of them, hence hunting season for them. It’s not History Channels fault that the way it’s done makes for a good show. If you don’t like it don’t watch.

  9. James Mays says:

    Turn the channel damn it isn’t that hard some people has to actually do what they can to support and take care of their families… Now go to McDonald’s and get a cheeseburger while hating on others

  10. Killing animals is not an acceptable thing to who? Some pansy that thinks he knows what is best for everyone else. Go down deep into the bayou and demand that they stop. We will never hear from you again.

    • John Doe says:

      Just another psychotic individual calling people who don’t suffer from his particular mental illness “pansies” and threatening violence to anyone that disagrees wit him.

      Take notes — these people actually think they’re making arguments when they say things like this.

  11. Lmao this article is so one sided its hilarious, first off during alligator and mating season in the bayou there are a surplus of gators hence why its legal to hunt and kill so many. Almost everyone on the bayou takes part in it in someway or another wether it be hunting them, cooking them, buying them etc. In most cases actually like 80% of the time they hit their mark on the first try. Now if alligators were in shortage or becoming endangered that’s a whole different ball game. Its just like how people hunt a shit ton of deer up here in the North East and its not frowned upon because of the overpopulation of these animals very similar to gators. You can see the bevy of gators just by watching the show and they don’t even go into where the most gators are, which is in the lillies or up on river banks where boats can’t go. You can average every swamp persons gator count and it still wouldn’t come close to how many gators are left untouched. Not to mention half of the bayou would be put out of business without hunting, they don’t have stores and roads 10 minutes away, they are DEEP in the glades/bayou/swamp! But anyway have fun with your petition while I watch the new season of swamp people.

    Your daily asshole

  12. You self righteous fools, do your homework. These are very hardworking people and the surplus of gators is how they provide for their families. They definitely don’t do it for sport or to get rich. They have tags and can only hunt during a certain time and are allowed a certain number. Just like where I live during deer hunting season. As far as inhumane have you ever thought of the pigs, cows, and chickens and how they are slaughtered when you eat your fat steak, pork chops, and fried chicken. So before you let stupid fall out of your mouth educate yourself! Im just sayin……

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