While it is understandable that pet owners having released these giant snakes into the Florida wilderness not only poses competition for food with the native wildlife, causing an imbalance and risk to their survival and habitat, as well as posing a threat to humans, it is inhumane and cruel to hunt and kill animals who also are victims of poor legislation and irresponsible ownership. Our goal is to have this barbaric competition stopped and the animals be trapped live instead and transported back to their native countries and habitats, especially considering they are already acclimated to surviving in the wild.
- Executive Director of FWC
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Stop the barbaric Burmese Python hunt contest in Florida. While it is understandable that the lack of common sense laws preventing the ownership of giant snakes by the average person has led to irresponsible actions taken by such persons, by releasing them to the wild when they could no longer house them, it is immoral, reprehensible, barbaric and completely unacceptable to let these animals pay with their lives for the mistake of humans. Zoos, animal welfare groups, conservation groups, activists, and other organizations have the necessary means to humanely capture and transport, these already acclimated to the wild, reptiles, back to their native countries and habitats, in which they pose no threat to the local wildlife or population. It is simply unforgivable to rectify this problem without taking responsibility for not having prevented it, and with the lack of conscience, compassion and humanity that this contest represents.
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