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PETA sends Dockett a letter about his alligator

Posted on: July 8, 2011 7:01 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 7:22 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Darnell Dockett's been a darling of sports bloggers during the last few football-starved weeks.

Not only did he live-tweet getting pulled over by the police, but he recently went out and purchased a baby alligator named "NINO."

This went over spectacularly with those of us desperate for interesting NFL stories. But it didn't go over too well with the wonderful folks at animal-rights group PETA.

And they wrote Dockett a letter.

Naturally.
Dear Mr. Dockett,

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was alerted this week to media reports indicating that you recently purchased a baby American alligator from the Florida Everglades and that you intend to keep him as a captive pet. Please know that Florida heavily regulates the keeping of alligators and that it's unlawful to keep an alligator as a pet anywhere in the state of Arizona without a special permit. These prohibitive laws and regulations exist because, in addition to posing a threat to public safety, wild animals suffer greatly in captivity.

Alligators in the wild roam freely with members of their own kind, travel long distances, and thrive in the rivers and lakes that they call home. When confined, wild animals will exhibit neurotic and self-destructive behaviors because of extreme boredom, stress, and frustration at being unable to engage in natural behaviors. Keeping an alligator as a pet is simply unfair to the animal. It also poses grave dangers to you and others. By their very nature, these animals are unpredictable and can inflict serious harm. Reptiles are also common carriers of salmonella. You would be held liable for any damage, injuries, or illnesses caused by the alligator.

Respectfully, we ask that you carefully consider this information. Please know that we stand ready to help find a suitable habitat for this animal. May we please hear that you will do the right thing?

Sincerely,

Michelle Cho

PETA
PETA does stuff like this pretty much any time a famous person gets near an animal; they're always looking for free publicity, and they usually pull off publicity stunts that are whacked out enough to warrant writing about. (Like the time they tried to get Phish to change their name to "Sea Kittens" in order to avoid harming actual fish, sigh.)

And they might have a point here, because alligators are wild animals and don't deserve to be all cooped up in a fancy house or be fed really nice food -- Dockett already said no snakes, only "Ruth Chris and Bob Evans pancakes!" -- or cared for by a personal "alligator butler" that Docket will probably hire.

No one deserves that terrible fate.

Gracias to Doug Farrar of Shutdown Corner for forwarding the letter.


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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:25 pm
 

PETA sends Dockett a letter about his alligator



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Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: July 11, 2011 9:58 pm
 

PETA sends Dockett a letter about his alligator

There are very few times I agree with PETA, they tend to send their usually extreme messages in totally improper ways. I have to agree with their letter however, alligators are not pets. Now I have no doubt that Nino's novelty will wear off and he will end up in a zoo somewhere, if lucky. I would say that Dockett's purchase was not well thought out. If he pushes the envelope he could lose alot more than the alligator, like a foot or hand (career).



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 3:22 pm
 

PETA sends Dockett a letter about his alligator

Truth be told Auggies, that gator should be grateful for it's fate.... I guess you have never ate gator. It is one of my favorites. Gator steak is delicious. As for the "humanitarian" side of groups such as PETA, I will be more impressed when they start showing the same sort of passionate concern for the millions of children thrown away every year. But I confess... I belong to the local PETA chapter, the People Eat Tasty Animal chapter that is.




Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 1:46 pm
 

PETA sends Dockett a letter about his alligator

@auggies bro...next time you want to refute somebody's comment, use spell check. You will sound much more credible, as for now, you sound like every other "Loser and Clown" that overreacts and sides with PETA.



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 10:59 am
 

PETA sends Dockett a letter about his alligator

Loseers and clowns?  Those names are resurved for the attention seeking egos of people like Dockett who not only need to show off, but announce it to the world.  The others losers are people who side w/ those losers at teh expense of humaniterian groups like PETA.  That means YOU mightypup.



Since: Jul 7, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 10:13 am
 

PETA sends Dockett a letter about his alligator

there are plenty zoo for Dockett to visit,should try an find one.beside whats he gonna do when when that baby grows.




Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 3:59 am
 

PETA sends Dockett a letter about his alligator

Hard to find a bunch of more pathetic idiotic, losers than PETA. How well I remember many years ago hearing one of those clowns when they invaded Louisiana for the first time for a Grand Isle fishing tournament. Who could forget hearing one of their brainy representatives on WWL radio actually claiming that fish cry..... Now think on this.... How does one tell when a fish is crying? By the wet drops in their eyes? Or did they ask them if they were sad and upset? To think anyone could take them serious.


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