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Today Show Glorifies Alligator Slaughter

Written by PETA | July 3, 2008

This morning, The Today Show ran a fluff piece that literally made my skin crawl, and the complaints started pouring into our office—and for good reason! The show glorified alligator “harvesting” and called it the “deadliest catch, Florida-style.” By alligator harvesting, they really mean alligator slaughtering, but harvesting sounds just oh-so-much comfier. To wrap your head around what we’re saying, check out our own video footage from the “glamorous” world of the alligator harvest, and spot the difference between that and, say, the Vermont apple harvest:

Luckily, we’ve got some wicked smart and compassionate folks working at PETA, like our Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. Lisa fired off this fantastic letter to Today Show correspondent Kerry Sanders, who covered the story this morning. In the letter, Lisa said, “If people want to buy handbags and shoes made from [alligators'] skins, we think they should know exactly how the animals were killed and what better vehicle than Today?” All too true, Lisa. Hopefully, Today will respond, but until then, check out this compelling ad, and say sayonara to the exotic skins in your closet.

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  • Frank says:

    What’s the difference between the Vermont apple harvest and an alligator harvest? Apples and alligators are both living things. PETA discriminates based on kingdom. For shame.

  • stevie wilson says:

    OMG what monsters someone should Hit them over the head with a bat then take there skin that may seem harsh to some but not to me.I have read some commits on this and people say whats wrong with the world I will tell you PEOPLE are whats wrong with this planet

  • melissa says:

    I WOULD LIKE TO BEAT THEM WITH A CULB! JUST TO LET THEM KNOW HOW IT FEELS THESE ANAIMALS ARE HERE FOR A RESON AND GOD DID NOT INTEND FOR HIS ANAIMALS TO DIE LIKE THAT I HOPE THEY HAVE FUN IN HELL!!! AND WHO THE HELL IS TAPEING THIS AND DOING NOTHING TO HELP THE POOR THINGS I HOPE I NEVER MEET ANYONE WHO DOES THIS! CAUSE I’M GOING TO GET IN BIG SHIT AND GO TO JAIL!

  • Ana says:

    Breen Infidel???? That’s what moslems call everyone not moslem. What is your point or maybe you don’t have one. Go Vegan!!!!!

  • Judith says:

    It’s sad when lonely new age feminists and the like turn to sites like this to share their agnst against the world ive seen before. Breen Then why in hell are you here all the time? Oh I see you are lonely and new age. Got it! You are a riot! Peace for all animals!

  • Susannah says:

    I didn’t see the Today show thing on alligators but I still find Animal Planet’s “Miami Animal Cops” showing the big brave alligator hunter going after the gators that “threaten” human habitats and the bottom line is that gators over a certain length are going to be “euthanized”. Really nice. We confiscate animal habitat and then blame them when they try to keep on living there or kill them when they try to come back or coexist with us. Now because gas prices are high there’s renewed talk of drilling in the Arctic and the hell with the polar bears. We’re all for remedying global warming as long as it doesn’t require us to say give up meat. Human beings are the most destructive species on earth. And as if that isn’t obvious enough TV exploits this as “entertainment.” MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann who should know better still shows that clip of the bear who fell out of a tree and landed on a trampoline. The bear obviously hurt himself but this is presented as funny. Yeah. Ha. Ha. The wild horses of the plains are going to be captured and killed again because they’re a threat to the ranchers who are raising cattle to kill of course. Ringling Bros. still keeps elephants hostage. And in the recent floods in the Midwest farmers let hundreds of pigs drown because they were waterlogged and thus not “fit for food” anymore. Some of the farm animals were rescued most weren’t able to be helped. Is this EVER going to end? When? How?

  • Fluffy-san says:

    Wow this is really turning into a male vs. female thing regarding cruelty isn’t it? What you have to understand is that it isn’t so much the gender of a person that drives them to cruelty but rather their own unique sick mentality and the way he or she was raised.

  • lynda downie says:

    Same to you Judith. Keep fighting for freedom for all animals!

  • joanna says:

    Breen…you have no point. You’re just threatened and a little scared. Maybe your on the verge of realizing that you really do care about animals and are about to jump off the cliff this is a metaphore sp? to supporting animals right to life. It is always darkest right before the dawn. My own awakening was difficult and still cuases me confusion. Trying to fit in a new perspective after being raised with a traditional view is not easy. But blaming people who care is not going to change the fact that great harm is done to animals by people in ignorance. And really much of it for no real benefit to humankind. It is a challenge to accept this and look at your own life choices. THe one thing we can all do is be responsible for what we consum and promote. Humans do not adapt unless they are pressured to do so. PETA creates pressure and changes are the result.

  • Judith says:

    Sounds to me like we have a Sybil on this board. I do believe once again that Cochran and Breen are one of the same two little bully’s. Do you “two” ever give up? Such sad characters you are. GO AWAY!!!!! Peace for all animals!

  • Judith says:

    Lynda You know me so well! Love and Great Peace to you! Peace for all animals!

  • The Artuful Doctor says:

    Dr. Breen please don’t start to be a little sicko wacko!

  • Curtis says:

    Actually in a recent PETA investigation FOX News reports that “WOMEN laugh as they castrate one piglet after another without anesthesia or painkillers. ‘One female employee told me that was her stress relief for the week’ said the PETA investigator who spoke to FOXNews.com on condition of anonymity. “That’s the type of PERSON doing those jobs. … The treatment of the baby pigs shook me the most.”

  • lynda downie says:

    revan Judith is hardly a ‘nut job’. She knows the great effect of juxtaposing 2 contradictory statements ‘beaten the life out of their filthy bodies’ and ‘being a person of great peace’ And really how many people go on and on about how ‘they love animals’ while ‘chomping down on their brutalized flesh’ without being aware of their contradiction. Judith is bright and right to the point! And has a keen sense of humour.

  • Darla says:

    Heres the thing. Men may be doing the slaughtering but women are doing the buying. Anyone who wears an animal is no different than the one who kills it. In my opinion if you are going to have the nerve to wear it you better have the nerve to kill it. People are cruel because they can bethat will never change. Shame on the Today Show.

  • Shiloh says:

    I don’t think that anyone should be fighting on here. At least not with eachother. . . I THINK THAT WE SHOULD ALL BE FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHTS OF OUR ANIMALS!! Who’s with me! Who holds protests? I do! And my next is on Wendesday July 9 at 530. If anyone cares to joing me. It’s in Desert Hot Springs. Feel free to come if you live near. You may if you wish remain anonomous if you attend this protest. But first you should know the facts. I am going there because they abuse their chickens. They give them hormones to make them practically all chicken breast! I can’t believe it! The chickens are so packed with hormones that they can’t walk most of the time!! I found this out ON Peta so I’m pretty proud of Peta. Please come. I myself remain anonomous. Thank you.

  • Shiloh says:

    I am disgusted that these so called “humans” can be so brutal to living creatures like that! I for one think that they are not at all human because I think that humans would be more HUMANE to animals and all living things. I know that I would not be able to kill an animal and sleep that night. Or the next night or the next night or any other time after that!! It’s just horrific!!

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Revan Read the disclaimer on the right. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.

  • Natalie says:

    OMG JUST WHEN YOU THINK ABUSE CAN’T GET ANY WORSE…….BAMMMM YOU TURN AROUND AND SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS. GEEES WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD THESE DAYS? WHEN PEOPLE LIKE THIS BASTERD ARN’T KILLING DEFFENSLESS ALLIGATORS THEIR KILLING PIGS WHEN THEIR NOT KILLING PIGS THEIR KILLING COWSCHICKENSFISHESLAMBSTURKEYSCATSDOGS… AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT WALKSSWIMSCRAWLSJUMPS ON THIS EARTH THAT CAN’T DEFEND ITSELF. omg when is it all just going to end….! Bring these people down PETA.! 3

  • vegan4animals says:

    Hey I agree with KT. The human male gender is why animal cruelty exists. It has everything to with testosterone which causes aggression and a need to dominate. The ultimate act of domination is killing. We need to change this society from a patriarchal one to a matriarchal one to end the animal cruelty. Those few women who hunt are doing so because they are caught in a patriarchal paradigm. They have been taught by patriarchy that killing animals and bashing their heads in make them appear “strong” and “tough”. Obviously these women are your lowest IQ women with higher levels of testosterone and the men who do these acts of cruelty and brutality have equally low IQ’s. Animal cruelty will end when stupid people start thinking and obtain something more than “dull perception”. With heightened perception intelligence comes empathy. When a man realizes that he takes life from others because his testosterone levels drive him towards aggression which he may legally unleash with weapons in an activity called “hunting” on helpless animals in this crude society…when he can figure that out he has taken his first step towards self awareness. Look around you at patriarchy…football gangs hunting wars military …the proof is right in front of you.

  • vegan4animals says:

    Humans do not understand other animals. They think it is okay to capture torture slaughter kill them because they look different than us. They are too ignorant to see the massive error in their perception. Thank you for being on top of the VAST human ignorance and cruelty in this world PETA.

  • Rory says:

    GOSHlwhat horrrible people. WHY ON EARTH WOULD PEOPLE USE ANIMAL CARKAss in fashion. GO PETA STOP THOSE BASTARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • revan says:

    hey guy if you dont approve my comment you are allowing nut jobs like Judith to make your Peta cause look like trashy hysteria.

  • Yeah.... says:

    KT you are a sexist fool. First of all huge loads of women hunt here in the U.S. and huge loads of women skin animals alive in Asian countries. Huge loads of women do every kind of cruelty both to animals and to other humans even doing atrocities to their own children. So open your eyes to the real world. In fact in my personal experience I have met far more caring males than females far more.

  • alexandra says:

    as a long time vegan and PETA supporter i was already aware of this horrible practice. however i followed the link posted by ryan to watch the NBC footage and was horrified and saddened. two things that bothered me the most were when the woman who is a “biologist”all the while smiling spoke about how these mothertobe alligators were defending their eggs indicating that they knew these were their offspring and the end when the host referred to this as alligator “harvesting”. shame on NBC for glorifying this horrible practice and shame on the “biologist” for not taking a stand for the alligators. keep up the good fight PETA!

  • Rex's Mom says:

    I’m sorry to disagree with KT but there are a lot of women who are cruel to animals. They like to hunt too. I’ve seen them discussing this on tv. I was watching the old tv show What’s My Line on the Game Show Network and one woman’s line was she was a gorilla hunter. Nice! Of course that was many years ago and wouldn’t be tolerated now but men aren’t the only animal butchers. Some women can be also.

  • Ryan says:

    Wow… I found the video of the Today Show report featuring alligator slaughter at httpwww.msnbc.msn.comid21134540vp2551033525510335 This is sad. NBC is like the worst station beside CBS. Remember the fur sales at Shop NBC?

  • Kelly says:

    Shame on the Today Show! A few months ago they had a segment glorifying a shark hunt that was purely for sport. It was horrible to watch. They continually run these horrible pieces about animal cruelty I wish they would realize that it is not good TV. Great job PETA for calling them out on it!

  • Leigh says:

    I could just puke watching that video. I really don’t get the mentality of some people. How could they possibly think smashing an animal’s head in is right. DISGUSTING

  • KT says:

    I’m once again disgusted by what I see. It’s funny though in the noncomical sense that most cruelty to animals whether it’s alligator slaughtering or skinning animals alive or game hunting etc….is all done by MEN. Women wouldn’t be able to wear furs or buy leather goods or eat meat for that matter because women would never do this to an animal. And if a women does which I’m sure there are some out there there just as warped.

  • Judith says:

    No faces shown of course. What a pity. If I ever ran in to one of these monsters I would have grabbed the nearest weapon of choice and beaten the life out of their filthy bodies. But I am a person of great peace! Peace for all animals!