PETA is Calling to End 2020 Python Bowl Where Citizens are Trained to Hunt and Kill Snakes Inhumanely

PETA is Calling to End 2020 Python Bowl Where Citizens are Trained to Hunt and Kill Snakes Inhumanely

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PETA is calling for the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee to cancel the 2020 Bowl, where people have been asked to hunt pythons in Florida’s Everglades area. Pythons are an in the Florida Everglades.

To encourage Floridians to capture as many pythons as possible, the group promoting the event is offering $2000 prize or a new ATV. PETA believes the event “glorifies the slaughter of ,” and allows to be killed inhumanely.

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The challenge requires registration, an online training course and an online test. To promote the challenge, organizers had a football made with python skin.

In a letter sent to the host, Rodney Barreto, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, said, “The NFL should play no part in Florida’s war on wildlife. When inexperienced and untrained individuals go barging about in forests and swamps on a macho mission to kill, things don’t end well.”

Pythons have invaded the Everglades area and have no natural predators. They eat small mammals and rabbits. Scientists believe there could be up to 300,000 snakes in the Everglades.

The state’s previous methods for catching the snakes included traps and poisoned prey, now the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission pay hunters in exchange for caught snakes.

Barreto said that he was surprised that PETA was against the challenge because they know that the pythons are an invasive species. Newkirk said in response to the questions that and removal of the species should not be left up to “any yahoo that wants to take a selfie.”

Read more about snakes in One Green Planet, including why snake venom is no longer needed for science and why keeping snakes as pets is a bad idea.

Don’t forget to sign this to speak up against python hunts too.

This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 29 December 2019.


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Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Petition is closed but I totally agree with it. Killing should never be a sporting event, granted these snakes are problematic but allowing this to be deemed entertainment is setting a dangerous precedent

Arlene Steinberg
Arlene Steinberg

Also very sad that that petition only for a little over 200 signatures. Goes to show that reptiles, esp. snakes in general have too much hate directed toward them.
As with ALL animal problems, it really isn’t an animal problem at all – it is a problem of people doing stupid, dangerous things and the animal ends up paying.