In a shocking case of animal cruelty, a large alligator was seen strapped to the bumper of a car in Florida on the interstate. A photo shared by a Tampa woman shows the Florida vehicle traveling on Interstate 95 with the alligator tied to the bumper over Labor Day weekend.

 

“Definitely disbelief!” the woman who took the photo, Karen Kress, said. “I moved here 30 years ago because of the nature and never tire of seeing an alligator. However, never expected it to spot one on the interstate!”

She shared a photo on Facebook showing the alligator who was almost double the width of the vehicle. The driver had heartlessly folded and tied the animal’s tail.

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Although the driver has not been identified, the incident was likely linked to the alligator hunting season, which runs from August 15 to November 1 in Florida. Unfortunately, transporting an alligator on the back of a vehicle is entirely legal, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The state issues 7,000 alligator hunting permits each year to help ‘control’ the population.

The blatant disregard for life is saddening and shows just how little respect is given to these creatures. Like any animal, they are just trying to survive and will leave humans alone if they are left alone.

Sign this petition to stop the U.S. FWS-approved alligator hunt in Florida’s wildlife refuge!

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