The deadly Everglades invader, also known as the Burmese python, is being hunted by hundreds in Florida. According to WTVR, in a report dated Jan. 13, this Burmese python hunt is attracting attention from PETA.
PETA is concerned that the Burmese pythons will not hunted humanely by the hundreds who turned out for the first ever “Python Challenge” in Florida. The animal rights group wrote a letter to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, asking that procedures be followed so the deadly Everglades invader will not suffer.
According to a PETA spokesperson, reptiles have a slow metabolisms. Because of this they can suffer for up to an hour after being beheaded. Beheading is the common way snakes are killed. PETA asked that the deadly Everglades invader's brains be destroyed so they do not suffer.
“I love all animals,” Joy Evans, from Oklahoma City, said. “I don't want snakes living around me, but I also don't want them to suffer when people get rid of them. I hope they find a humane way to get rid of the pythons.”
A spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission stated that most hunters prefer to kill snakes with captive bolt guns and high caliber firearms. Because of that, the spokesperson believes that there will be “no animal cruelty.”
Over 2,000 Burmese pythons have been harvested since 2000. The deadly Everglades invader is destroying the ecosystem of the Florida Everglades. One 17-foot snake was found dead. It had burst after attempting to eat an alligator. Alligators are native to the Florida Everglades.