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On 7/18/2014, we mailed 22,132 signatures to Governor Rick Scott and Senate President Don Gaetz. We will continue to campaign for an end to alligator wrestling! Sign below to show your support for an end to alligator wrestling!
Goal: 35,000 Progress: 24,101
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

Claiming an activity that harms an animal is 'tradition' is a clever scapegoat in the cruel world of alligator wrestling. In Florida, native Indian tribes have been practicing the sport for centuries; but now, alligator wrestling has become a tourist attraction in the sunshine state.

At these wrestling shows, handlers drag alligators from the water and force them into positions whereby they can become extremely agitated or lose consciousness. Alligators are wild and dangerous animals, and this sport serves nothing more than to satiate the appetites of adrenaline junkies — hardly a reason to allow this unjust cruelty to continue.

Write to Florida Governor Rick Scott and Senate President Don Gaetz asking them to stop overlooking the well-being of Florida's alligators and make alligator wrestling a thing of the past.

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Dear Governor Rick Scott and Senate President Don Gaetz:

Though it began as a Native American tradition, alligator wrestling in the state of Florida has become a deplorable, adrenaline-fueled tourist attraction.

Wrestling matches involve alligators being lured from their habitat and onto land where handlers force them into positions whereby they become extremely agitated and even lose consciousness. Wrestlers utilize different kinds of "holds," all which aim to overpower and incapacitate the animal.

Harming a living creature should never be a form of entertainment. Alligators are a state icon and they deserve to be respected, not injured and taken advantage of as pawns in a tourist attraction. What’s more, protecting Florida’s precious and unique wildlife has always been a priority for the Florida State Legislature. Why are alligators being neglected?

It’s time to end this cruel and inhumane sport. I urge you to extend the same concern for alligators as you do for manatees and sea turtles by outlawing alligator wrestling once and for all.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures


Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 GINA WHITE
Jul 31, 2015 James Poston
Jul 31, 2015 David Forsberg
Jul 31, 2015 Cindy Miller
Jul 31, 2015 Vicki Bron
Jul 31, 2015 Alexis Brotzman
Jul 31, 2015 Deborah West
Jul 31, 2015 Cynthia Milner
Jul 31, 2015 Rachel Collins
Jul 31, 2015 Linda Quirico
Jul 31, 2015 Amanda Lancaster
Jul 31, 2015 Janice Matthews
Jul 31, 2015 Elisabeth Wouters
Jul 31, 2015 Denise Salamone
Jul 31, 2015 Karina Avila
Jul 30, 2015 carleen rosenau
Jul 29, 2015 jeri lovell
Jul 29, 2015 deborah j volk
Jul 29, 2015 sheree boyle
Jul 29, 2015 Katarina DURJAK
Jul 28, 2015 traci wolf There's WWW, why wrestle an animal, I would think this should be classified as animal cruelty
Jul 28, 2015 brandon oakley
Jul 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2015 Tricia Hamilton Get up off your Fat Butts Men and wrestle a participating person!!
Jul 27, 2015 Paula Eaton
Jul 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2015 Miryanna van Reeden
Jul 24, 2015 Christine Reeder
Jul 24, 2015 Paulinka Rochemont
Jul 24, 2015 Gena Kosmides
Jul 23, 2015 Mirosław Sulima
Jul 23, 2015 Shireen Farrahi
Jul 23, 2015 Ridley Molders
Jul 23, 2015 Zippora Neitz
Jul 23, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please stop using alligators as if they are toys! They should not be wrestled!
Jul 23, 2015 Michael Miracle
Jul 23, 2015 Michelle Thomson
Jul 22, 2015 DOUG SNYDER
Jul 20, 2015 Ronald Timmermans
Jul 19, 2015 Isis Walker
Jul 18, 2015 Tami Diestler
Jul 17, 2015 Lola Janes
Jul 17, 2015 John Cort
Jul 17, 2015 J Ramirez
Jul 17, 2015 Karen Drum
Jul 17, 2015 Pascale Crepin
Jul 17, 2015 Paulinha Russell
Jul 17, 2015 Carolyn Bridges
Jul 17, 2015 Florence Ticknor

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