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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.
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