Animals almost always lose. It’s the maddening reality that motivated me to launch this blog in the first place. The latest example of humankind’s arrogant expectation that other species play by our absurd rules involves a Florida woman who nearly lost one of her hands to an alligator when she reached into the water to retrieve a soda can. Not surprisingly, the alligator was executed.
From The Guardian: “Tammy Sapp, a spokeswoman for the (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission), said that alligator bite incidents were rare in Florida but that the wildlife commission worked to keep visitors to the Everglades safe and to remove alligators believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property.”
You’ll remember that in June six alligators were executed after a toddler was pulled into Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The people who were reportedly in the habit of feeding alligators in the area are in part responsible for all seven of those deaths.
In addition to executing “nuisance” alligators—the commission’s Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program was responsible for the deaths of 7,513 animals in 2015—the commission organizes an annual alligator-hunting season as part of its “management” program.
“Wildlife management,” of course, is a sickening and insulting euphemism for sanctioned slaughter.
Make no mistake, Florida’s War on Alligators, which includes the state’s disgusting alligator-farming industry, is a year-round atrocity.
Unwittingly, the woman who reached into the water to retrieve a soda can created yet another opportunity for the state’s death squads to hunt down and kill an alligator.
The right response would have been to do nothing at all, to leave that animal and all the others alone to live their lives free from fear and harm. But killing is big business in Florida, as it is elsewhere. And it will continue as long as the majority remains indifferent.
Florida’s alligator-hunting season begins on Aug. 15. Send an email to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Chairman Brian Yablonski (firstname.lastname@example.org) and give him a piece of your mind.