Alligators Win in Louisville, Kentucky

October 2003

PETA was alerted by a concerned Louisville resident that the owners of a bar under construction planned to build an alligator pit under a see-through dance floor. Alligators are highly sensitive to vibrations, and alligators in such circumstances would be bombarded with pounding, bright lights, and blasting music. We immediately contacted the mayor and the animal control department and put an Action Alert on our Web site. After hearing from numerous concerned citizens, the mayor directed the animal control department to investigate the situation. Animal control discovered that Louisville already had a regulation prohibiting the exhibition of wild or dangerous animals, and the planned alligator pit was stopped in its tracks!

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