Stop Shooting Alligators in Head and Dragging Them Behind Cars

Target: Martha Williams, Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Ban the brutal killing of keystone alligators in national wildlife refuges.

A disturbing photo of a car dragging the limp body of a slain alligator in its trail sparked outrage online. Unfortunately, strapping alligators to the backs of cars—as well as ruthlessly slaughtering these creatures in the first place—is totally legal in Florida. This year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved the first-ever alligator hunt in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, which is supposed to be a protected area. There are few regulations governing alligator hunting in Florida, and hunters may use cruel methods of trapping and killing innocent alligators. One particular method involves using a pole that shoots a bullet into the animal’s brain—also known as a bangstick—that may leave the animal conscious and suffering for hours before dying.

Alligators are a keystone species in the environments of which they are a part. This means they play a particularly crucial role in the maintenance of ecosystems, especially by regulating prey populations so they don’t get out of control. Animal reserves should be places where wildlife can roam free of human disruption and hunting. There is absolutely no reason to permit the killing of any species in a wildlife refuge center, especially one as crucial as the alligator.

Sign this petition to demand an end to alligator hunting in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Williams,

The recent approval of alligator hunting in Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is quite upsetting. These protected regions are supposed to be sanctuaries for the species they home, and animals within their premises are supposed to be safe from human activity. As alligators are a keystone species in the ecosystems to which they belong, alligator hunting can potentially affect the rest of the flora and fauna living in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Hunters show little to no respect for the animal’s life, and cruel methods of trapping and killing–such as using a bangstick to shoot a bullet into the alligator’s brain–are commonly used.

We are asking you, Ms. Williams, to prohibit the killing of alligators on protected plots of land.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mark Gstohl


75 Comments

  1. Michelle Stewart says:

    All of this must be made illegal. Anyone caught torturing animals like this must be shot dead.

  2. Monstrous monstrous evil, heartbreaking and horrific, karma is theirs – I feel you, poor lost innocent souls; their blood on your souls

    The abuse, torture & murder of the innocents

    Some heartbreaks can never be unseen, some horrors never unheard – PLEASE GOD

    And the universe weeps tears of blood

    Your life as theirs, as their death

  3. I’ll bet if killing humans wasn’t illegal, these blood thirsty psychos would be doing exactly that.

  4. Wat heb je toch een duivelse mensen
    Nou mensen? Te veel eer hoor.
    Ga lekker sporten of wat dan ook.
    En geen weerloze dieren martelen en/of afschieten.
    Jammer dat je handen er nog aanzitten
    Zou voor de dieren beter zijn als je ze niet meer had.

    Karma zal je vinden en pas dan maar op!!!

  5. They are sentient beings and they have the right to live too! Ban this cruelty immediately!

  6. Patricia Wicker says:

    THIS IS SO EVIL!!!! People that do this are Sadistic MONSTERS!!!!~!

  7. Disgusting and evil that people enjoy doing this to animals.

  8. Eileen Holt says:

    I can’t believe this evil cruelty is allowed to happen. Why is pain and cruelty to crocodiles allowed to be legal. I hope these people who get so much pleasure from doing it, suffer in terrible ways themselves. Hopefully they suffer slow, painful deaths and remember what they did

  9. WTF Martha! Why is this even allowed?? Or tolerated?? This is total bullshit!!! Stop it!!! It is time to take away the power from Fish and Wildlife Services! This is not the only atrocity they are guilty of…

  10. Bernhard Yolanda says:

    I wish all these animal killers only the worst in this world. let the worst pain rule your damn life

  11. Wouldn’t mind dragging these assh@les behind my car!

  12. NICOLE DAVIS says:

    ARE YOU STRAIGHT OUT OF `DELIVERANCE` BUT NOT SO CLEVER? YES IS THE ANSWER TO THAT FACT.
    VILE DISGUSTING EXCUSES FOR HUMANS….YOU ARE EVIL, WICKED AND CRUEL….WOUDN’T WANT YOUR SUREFIRE KARMA, EVER.
    SORT THESE SUBHUMANS OUT PLEASE AND QUICKLY. DO YOUR JOB FOR HEAVENS SAKE!!

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