PETA Demands Python Hunters Stop Decapitating Snakes

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Experts around the country have raised all kinds of concerns about Florida's mass orgy of python killing set for this weekend. Would-be snake hunters only have to read a couple of PDFs to qualify, leaving them in grave danger of death by dehydration, snake bite, swamp rot and god knows what other Everglades maladies.

Leave it to PETA, though, to be the first to weigh in on behalf of the invasive Burmese pythons. The group has sent a letter to the state demanding that it forbid the hunters from decapitating the snakes, calling it "inhumane."

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- Hundreds of Maniacs Sign Up To Hunt Pythons in the Everglades This Weekend


The group made its demands in a letter sent to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the agency behind the 2013 Florida Python Challenge, an event mean to put a dent in the ever-growing population of giant snakes in the Glades.

More than 400 hunters have already signed up for the contest, which awards $1,000 to whomever kills the biggest python and $1,500 to the most dead snakes.

In the online education materials hunters have to read, the state stresses the "ethical obligation" to kill the snakes as humanely as possible, and lists three approved methods: A captive bolt to the brain, a gunshot to the head or decapitation.

PETA says that former option is not so humane after all.

"Hunters who use decapitation to kill snakes, as is currently authorized by the commission, will fail in their ethical obligation," the group writes.

Before you laugh off the animal activists -- a reaction that, frankly, is all too rational given their usually extreme take on the subject -- consider that even FFWCC admits that pythons can live for up to another hour after getting their heads chopped off.

The agency calls decapitation an "acceptable" but "not ... recommended" method, and calls for hunters to quickly destroy the snake's brain after decapitating it to minimize its pain.

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12 comments
TK Small
TK Small

Im against animal cruelty but these snakes need to be removed and they are not always easy to kill, the state should put a bounty on python heads.

Ked Killjoy
Ked Killjoy

If any of you read the article it says it wants them to destory the brain because the snake can live up to 15 min with its head chopped off. Peta is not telling them not to kill the snakes, they are giving them better options to kill the snake so that the snake wont have to suffer.

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

Yes they can eat small children. Of these snakes can nearly swallow an alligator than I think they can swallow a small child.

Jen Die
Jen Die

Instead they should catch all the snakes in the Everglades and distribute them to EVERY PETA OFFICES in the nation...then we will REALLY see what they REALLY ABOUT....They MUST be deadly snakes BTW...ONLY.

Kristopher Bahamondes
Kristopher Bahamondes

PETA needs to consider how much damage these creatures are causing to an ecosystem full of endangered species. They eat EVERYTHING. Including alligators and small children..

Elsa Jimenez
Elsa Jimenez

I wonder if all the PETA people are vegetarians

Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas

I'm usually down with PETA, but this is nonsense.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

OH NO, HOW SCARY!!! THESE POOR PEOPLE WILL WANDER AROUND THE SWAMP AND DIE BECAUSE THE STATE DIDN'T FORCE THEM TO TAKE THE HUNTER SAFETY COURSE AND GET A PERMIT!!!! THE POPULATION NEEDS THE GOVERNMENT TO HOLD THEIR HANDS!

God damn ideological, soft ass crybabies.  Aren't you an editor? I'd be more worried about Kyle writing another shitty article wrought with errors than expressing concern over a bunch of people who willingly wander into the swamp to kill snakes.

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