AR-News: (US - Fl) Don't punish animals for human stupidity
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Tue Jul 1 01:38:05 EDT 2003
Letter from Chas Chiodo, Alachua, Fl:
WILDLIFE SHOULDN'T BE PUNISHED FOR OUR FOOLISHNESS
Gainesville Sun, June 29, 2003
Once again, the wildlife has to suffer and die because of human ignorance,
stupidity or risk taking. Last week seven alligators were slaughtered
because some kid wanted to swim in an area where there are alligators. Why
they had to kill one, let alone seven is beyond comprehension.
In Florida, humans know that alligators are present in practically every
river and lake, but we continue to kill them if they happen to bite or kill
a human. Something is wrong with this scenario.
Every time we go into the water we take a risk of being attacked. It's a
natural act for the gator. The same for sharks in the ocean. Life is full of
risks and wildlife shouldn't have to be penalized because of human intrusion
into their territory.
I heard that when Don Goodman, director of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, was
attacked and had his arm bitten off, he was upset that the gator that bit
him was destroyed. We should all be upset at laws that say we must capture
and kill these magnificent creatures because they attacked a human in their
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