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.
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!
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