The NHL has rejected plans to use live alligators during its All-Star festivities in South Florida.
The league received backlash from PETA and 37,000 supporters of the organization, PETA said in an email to Fox News Digital.
The NHL was set to use alligators from Gatorland, a theme park and wildlife preserve in Orlando. The festivities will take place in Sunrise, Fla., at FLA Live Arena, the home of the Florida Panthers.
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Previous reports said the alligators would be used during Friday night’s skills competition, which includes fastest skater challenges and breakaways.
«Hauling live alligators in front of rowdy crowds for a silly stunt would have been downright medieval, and the NHL was right to reject these plans,» said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. «For saying ‘So long, alligator’ to this cruel event and seedy roadside zoo, the NHL is earning praise from PETA.»
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The organization is sending alligator-shaped vegan chocolates to the NHL as a thank you.
PETA named Gatorland one of the «10 Worst Places Exploiting Alligators for Entertainment.»
The NHL did not respond to comment on the rejected plans or how the alligators would have been used.
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The league’s All-Star Game will be played on Saturday.