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Florida Bans Cruel Swimming With Alligators

October 2012

Captive-alligator exhibitors in Florida were allowing members of the public, including small children, to swim with alligators. Alligators had their mouths taped shut and were forced to interact at times with several children at once, with no opportunity to flee. Because of the risks inherent in this cruel practice, including animal and human welfare concerns and the potential to spread zoonotic diseases, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has banned it!