For Immediate Release: August 15, 2014
(Boca Raton, FL) – On opening day of Florida’s alligator hunting season, activists with the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF) will protest the sport hunting of alligators at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.
In 2014, for the first time, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will allow sport hunting of alligators at the refuge. The hunt is the only alligator hunt in the entire National Wildlife Refuge system.
WHAT: Alligator hunting protest
WHEN: Friday, August 15 at 6:00pm
WHERE: Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, southern entrance; 6 miles west of the junction of Loxahatchee Road (US 827) and US 441
“The Refuge should be a place where alligators and other animals are protected from harm, not hunted for sport or profit,” said ARFF Communications Director Don Anthony. “The suffering of alligators during public hunts in Florida is undeniable. Alligators are snagged with barbed hooks, pierced with arrows, and stabbed with harpoons. Death is rarely quick and alligators may be left to suffer long after being pulled from the water. It is disgusting that someone would enjoy inflicting pain and causing suffering to an animal.”
Visit ARFF’s website for more information about Florida’s alligator hunt: www.arff.org/alligators
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