Killing An Animal To Save Its Reputation

Andrew Sullivan —  Jul 14 2012 @ 10:39am


Reacting to a 17-year-old Floridian losing an arm to an alligator recently, Jackson Landers justifies its killing:

Singling out the killer for execution drives home the fact that man-eaters (or man-killers, in the case of Steve Irwin) are the exception. When a killer is left out in the wild, the accompanying message to the public is something along the lines of: This is just the animal acting according to its nature. It is undeniably the nature of predators to hunt and kill. But the scarcity of attacks on people suggests that hunting humans is not normal behavior among predators. There have been 225 documented cases of major bites from alligators in Florida since 1984. That number is remarkably low for a state that currently has a population of roughly 1 million alligators and 19 million people.

(Photo: An alligator floats in a pond in the Florida Everglades. By Joe Raedle/Getty Images)