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Watch Out Dana White And The UFC…Here Comes Alligator Wrestling As a Sport!!!!

Would you rather take on UFC champ Anderson Silva or ….wrestle a wild, hungry,alligator?

The Seminole Indians in Florida are trying to turn alligator wrestling into an extreme sport with international competitors. It’s a tradition for Seminoles[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=anderson+silva&iid=5879354″ src=”3/e/5/2/UFC_101_Declaration_a858.jpg?adImageId=11163054&imageId=5879354″ width=”234″ height=”197″ /] that goes back generations.

The reality is this…gator wrestling is a traditional Seminole activity only insofar as there is an old Seminole tradition of making money off white tourists…(SOURCE)

Wrestling alligators for the benefit of white tourists used to be one of the few Seminole-friendly job markets in Florida. Improved access to higher education–and the fact that, today, Seminole are more likely to actually own the tourist trap, rather than just work there–meant fewer tribe members willing to risk life and limb for a poorly paying job.

That probably explains why they want to convince other’s to do it as a sport-and possibly get it in to the summer Olympic games as a sport.

My problem with this is the same concern I have about bull fighting and calf roping….I do not think the animals choose to participate, they are always outnumbered by the humans, they are tortured almost to death before they enter the ring,…and they always choose a really small animal to “wrestle”.

I think it is more like a mugging and violent assault…rather than a fair fight!!!….Leave the animals alone!!!!

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Sources…

Roadside America

Alligator Wrestling in Florida

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