Florida Puts Stop To Gator Pool Parties

Last week alligator wrangler Bob Barrett was making news for his new alligator encounter educational program, which included bringing young alligators into residential pools to swim with children at pool parties. His company, Alligator Attraction, was told this week by the Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) that they would no longer be allowed to engage in this particular activity.Pool Party with Alligator Adventure (You Tube Photo)Pool Party with Alligator Adventure (You Tube Photo)

The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida had filed a complaint against Barrett and his company. They say that allowing the gators to swim with kids in residential pools places both the reptiles and the children in danger. Barrett insists that it is safe since the alligator's jaws are taped shut and they are accustomed to being with people.

This was followed by the announcement by the FWC. Alligator Attraction is also currently under investigation for possible violations of Florida's captive wildlife rules and regulations.

It is important to note that it is only the pool portion of the educational program that has been stopped by the FWC. It is still possible to hire Alligator Attraction to bring an alligator to your home to share the experience with friends and family.

Source: ABC Action News


Laurie Kay Olson
Animal News Blogger

Oct 5, 2012
by Anonymous
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You really should read

You really should read facts. They weren't asked to stop . They were asked to change how they do it. This is an amazing thing this company is doing. Strings awareness to this animal and also teaches the youth, that are around gators how to respect them a bit more. Kudos to this company.

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