PETA is tackling an NFL player for his treatment of animals, but it’s not Michael Vick this time.
Darnell Dockett, defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals, has become the focus of PETA protest after he purchased a baby alligator to keep as a pet. The alligator, which Dockett has named Nino, will not do well as a house pet according to the animal rights organization. PETA president Michelle Cho said, “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.”
And the well-being of the alligator is not all PETA has warned about. They have also emphasized the dangers to humans when keeping an animal meant to live in the wild in their home. “By their very nature, these animals are unpredictable and can inflict serious harm,” Cho wrote. “You would be held liable for any damage, injuries, or illnesses caused by the alligator.” There has been no response from NFL or Dockett as of yet.
Hmm. Maybe Darnell should have adopted a shelter dog or cat instead…?