Florida’s Python hunt is underway. Wildlife officials are offering cash prizes to encourage hunters to catch and kill as many of the invasive species living in the Everglades as possible. The event has attracted hundreds of amateurs armed with machetes and guns but one animal rights group is concerned.
The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, worries about using decapitation as one of three legal methods Florida Wildlife Officials have authorized for killing pythons. Lori Kettle with PETA, is calling on the state to ban the practice.
The state of Florida is gearing up for a massive python hunting contest in the Everglades starting on Saturday. But an animal rights group is calling for the state to ban decapitation as a method of killing the giant snakes.
Decapitation is one of three lethal methods the state has authorized in the Python Challenge. The contest, which has cash prizes, is attracting hunters from all over the U.S. to help the state fight an infestation of non-native Burmese pythons.