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Big Al the Alligator Trapped in Retail Hell

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For several years now, PETA has received countless complaints regarding living conditions for Big Al, a large female alligator on display in a small exhibit at a Bass Pro Shops location in Springfield, Missouri.

Big Al the alligator

In the wild, alligators swim freely through swamps, bask on banks, roll around in the grass, and submerge themselves in muddy ponds, but Big Al is confined to a small tank that’s only about twice her body length, in which she can barely swim or even walk around. To make matters worse, she also suffers from a chronic eye condition.

Nearly a year ago, PETA spoke with Bass Pro Shops officials about Big Al’s condition, and we were assured that she would be moved to a larger, more peaceful enclosure to help ease the stress caused by the public display.

Sadly, recent photos show that she is still confined to a gloomy, cramped tank.

Tell Bass Pro Shops to retire Big Al to a reputable sanctuary, where she can live out the rest of her days with some peace and dignity, and to ensure that another alligator doesn’t suffer the same fate!

Please send polite comments to:

Johnny Morris
Bass Pro Owner
jlmorris@basspro.com

Mickey Black
Bass Pro Store Manager
manager_springfield_mo@basspro.com

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  • Profile photo of carmelita

    878 days ago

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    Aww, poor creature. She didn’t do anything, and stupid people just don’t get it into their thick skulls that animals hate being imprisoned just like people do.

  • Profile photo of lalalalaluz

    885 days ago

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    i wrote
    Luz Campos Tojlmorris@basspro.com Dear Bass Pro Owner, please retire Big Al to a reputable sanctuary, where she can live out the rest of her days with some peace and dignity, and please ensure that another alligator doesn’t suffer the same fate as her. She has no freedom or space in the tank you have her in. Animals like her belong in the wild, their home. In the tank she’s in she has no space to swim, as s he would in the wild. She is cramped and gloomy. She is miserable in a tank. That’s not where animals like her belong. She can barely walk, roll around or even have a life in that tank. She’s not knowing what the feel of being a mother is in there. She should be put in a larger tank where she can life in, in much better condition or she should be liberated in the wild, where she can make her life.

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      884 days ago

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      Thanks for speaking up for Big Al! Be sure to click “Get Points” to submit your e-mail for points. :)

  • Profile photo of aphartnett

    890 days ago

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    Please either (drastically) improve Big Al’s living conditons, or release her into the wild (where she actually belongs). Thank you.

  • Profile photo of sarahwinkworth

    890 days ago

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    I urge you all to write a quick letter! Let me know if you have trouble writing letters and I will help you.

    I wrote:

    Dear Bass Pro Shops – Johnny Morris (Bass Pro Owner) and Mickey Black (Bass Pro Store Manager in Springfield MO),

    I was shocked to learn that you keep Big Al the large female alligator confined to a small tank that’s only about twice her body length, in which she can barely swim or even walk around. This is at your Bass Pro Shops location in Springfield, Missouri.

    I know that nearly a year ago, PETA spoke with Bass Pro Shops officials about Big Al’s condition, and they were assured that she would be moved to a larger, more peaceful enclosure to help ease the stress caused by the public display. Sadly, recent photos show that she is still confined to a gloomy, cramped tank.

    In the wild, alligators swim freely through swamps, bask on banks, roll around in the grass, and submerge themselves in muddy ponds, but Big Al is confined to a small tank that’s only about twice her body length, in which she can barely swim or even walk around. To make matters worse, she also suffers from a chronic eye condition.

    Please retire Big Al to a reputable sanctuary, where she can live out the rest of her days with some peace and dignity, and ensure that another alligator doesn’t suffer the same fate! We are prepared to organize a major boycott of your stores until Big Al is retired.

    Until Bass Pro Shops does right by Big Al, I will no longer do business with your company and will share this information with everyone I know.

    Please let me know when you plan to retire Big Al and end her unnecessary suffering.

    Sincerely,

    Sarah Winkworth