Animal rights group upset with Super Bowl Committee

PETA, an animals right’s group, is not happy with the super bowl committee for their request for residents to hunt burmese pythons. The challenge was set out by the committee to help aid in the control of the invasive species ahead of the super bowl, which is set to take place in Miami in February. Burmese pythons are among the biggest threats to the natural ecosystem of the everglades.

South Florida is not stranger to snakes. There can be as many as 50 reports of snake bites per year. The Miami fire department has created a Venom response team to help aid those who have been bitten in a more timely manner. They have stores of antivenin that they take to the scene or the hospital with them to save a person’s life or a limb.

For information on snake removal, visit Nuisance Wildlife Marshals.

Super Bowl python hunt ‘glorifies’ slaughter of snakes, PETA says

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee to cancel the 2020 Python Bowl, saying the hunt glorifies “the slaughter of snakes.”

In a letter to Rodney Barreto, chair of the Host Committee, and to all committee members, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said the event could potentially upset animal-friendly football fans because it’s disrespectful to the Burmese pythons, which are an invasive species. See more

Summary: The animal rights organization, PETA, is not happy with the Florida Super Bowl Committee’s call for hunting of Burmese pythons. They say it glorifies the slaughter of animals.

MDFR’s Venom One comes to snake bite victims’ aid

Here in South Florida, there can be as many as 50 snake bites a year. But thanks to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Venom Response Team, known as Venom One, we have special protection.

Capt. Jeffrey Fobb: “Our goal is to get the medication to the patient rapidly so the hospital can administer it, and then the patient’s going to have their best outcome.”

It’s an elite team made up of just three firefighters: Capt. Jeffrey Fobb, Lt. Christopher Pecori, and Lt. Jolie Vandervlugt.

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Summary: In South Florida, there can be many reports of snake bites throughout the year. The fire department there has created a Venom Response Team to help victims.