Backlash Ensues After Govt. Takes Man’s Alligator

After the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officers seized control of a man’s 750 lb alligator on March 13, the man claimed that the authorities victimized him.

Tony Cavallaro told a news outlet that in an operation that resembled a drug bust, the DEC raided his home to confiscate the alligator. When agents entered with two shotguns and in complete body armor, Cavallaro said that it looked like a DEA drug bust.

According to reports, Cavallaro is actively seeking to reclaim custody of his reptile named Albert, who is 34 years old. More than 119,000 people have signed a petition calling for Albert’s release.

“Free Albert” apparel has been created by his supporters.

The DEC took the alligator after Cavallaro allowed visitors to swim with it, the agency said. The DEC informed the outlet that public interaction with the animal, regardless of the owner’s licensing status, is illegal and may result in the revocation of the license and the animal’s removal.

Cavallaro began caring for the alligator when he was only two months old. He purportedly built Albert a unique enclosure with a water feature and many amenities. He claimed that he insisted that community visits, which may have included physical contact with Albert, were always overseen by someone and never put the public at risk.

Even though Albert is now under the hands of a certified professional, Cavallaro is concerned about his pet’s safety. He said he is so mild-mannered that it is impossible to say what harm they may have caused him.

Although it’s not easy, certain states in the US do permit the ownership of pet alligators. Some states have outright outlawed the possession of alligators because they are classified as exotic wildlife. You may legally possess one in some states with the necessary licenses or permissions. Owning alligators does not need a license or permission in five states. However, it is essential to adhere to government rules.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service protects alligators. You must follow federal rules, but the agency allows states to impose their own measures.