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A Cardinal Gets Mixed Up With a Gator

Written by PETA | July 8, 2011

In the wake of news reports that Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett recently acquired a “pet” alligator, whom he named Nino, PETA sent the defensive back a letter giving him a heads up that owning an alligator is unlawful in Arizona without a special permit and is heavily regulated in Florida (where Dockett acquired Nino). We’ve offered to help Dockett find a suitable permanent habitat for Nino.

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Alligators in the wild roam freely and protect their territories, travel long distances, and thrive in the rivers and lakes that they call home. They never become “tame,” and forcing one to live in confinement only makes for a frustrated and unhappy animal. Not only is this unfair to this gator, it is also dangerous for everyone.

We hope Dockett will take us up on our offer, and in the meantime, you can help by spreading the word about the miserable lives led by exotic animals kept as “pets.”

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Carla* says:

    @ PETARULES, I’m sure we can all agree to that name. BTW, this IS an animal rights site NOT a human rights site. There are plenty out there, I’m sure in the computer world for you to browse on. We here at Peta are giving our hearts to the voiceless that is all!!

  • Darcy says:

    Another egotistic ball player who has more money than brains. They walk around with women they “bought” and exotic animals they “bought”. Arent we all tired of all this stupidity yet? Let the alligator go free!!!!Its NOT A PET!

  • PETARULES says:

    Spend your money on something worthwhile – there are people suffering in this country who could use some help. Stay out of people’s personal business. Scumbags