The Pointlessness of Alligator Wrestling
It actually makes little difference as to whether it is an Alligator or a Crocodile. Why on earth would one want or need to wrestle one at all? Why would one want to do any sort of 'handling show' with one? Without a very good reason it should be unnecessary to ever handle a crocodilian and without that reason any handling would be looked upon as teasing at best and animal cruelty at its worst.
The actual act of 'Alligator Wrestling' or handling any Crocodilian is not clever, it is not brave, skilled or wonderful. It amounts to nothing better than showing off. In fact it is actually a stupid thing to do. It is yet another of these 'Look at me, I'm Tarzan' sort of circus performance on a par with the so called big cat experts with their completely unnecessary handling of tame declawed white tigers.
There are risks involved with Crocodilians, people do get injured and, to my way of thinking, deservedly so. People who run across roads in the path of moving traffic are taking a risk that they may get hit. Crocodile Wrestling/Handling is not that much different because one day the Wrestler/Handler may get bit.
Crocodilians have been on this planet since before man was an amoeba. Of the species we share the earth with today some are endangered because of man.
Reputable zoos are making efforts to conserve and ensure their survival.
There are countless thousands of Crocodilians in farms being maintained to produce leather and meat.
Things Can Go Very Wrong
I don't profess to be an expert on Crocodilians. I have seen hundreds of thousands but I have only worked with a few dozen over forty years. I have caught them up for moves, for sexing, for force feeding and for medical treatment. That's it. I have never had to wrestle one....ever! Why? Because it is totally unnecessary to do so. I am not a wrestler but I have little problem weighing up an animal, its enclosure, assessing the risks and then catching and doing what needs to be done. If the animal is large it may take team work and a bit of organisation but it does not need wrestling.
Alligators and Crocodiles need very little handling. Providing that temperatures are okay, water quality is passable and feeding is regular they are virtually maintenance free. In fact the Crocodilians out of all captive animals probably require less handling than any other.
Such creatures may look fearsome but in actual fact are quiet, well mannered and predicatable. When nesting they do need a special eye keeping on them but they don't need wrestling.
Crocodiles and Alligators NEVER need wrestling.
No Place in Zoos
Alligator Wrestling displays has no place in the modern zoo. Where it does take place it shows a commitment to cash and NOT conservation. The sensitivites of the animal are not taken into consideration. It is pure and simple animal cruelty.
Getting the animals to chase or leap for food is fair enough especially if accompanied by an informative dialogue. The animal is enriched by the activity, benefits from the exercise and the public gets some EDUtainment. Everybody gains.
Alligator Wrestling A Sport?????
Cruelty to Crocodilians
Now there are plans to turn Alligator Wrestling into an extreme sport with International competition. Whilst much of the world is working towards the eradication of animal abuse the Alligators Wrestlers are trying to establish a new one and legitimise cruelty to Crocodilians..
There is no excuse for animal abuse and teasing.
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