Since Steve Irwin, Steve-O, Dave Salmoni, and Bear Grylls made it big on television screens, a plethora of copycat presenters have deluged the market. More and more networks are broadcasting nature shows about people who wrangle, mistreat, and slaughter innocent animals like alligators, catfish, wild hogs, and snakes. Examples include "Swamp People," "Call of the Wildman," "Rattlesnake Republic," "Hillbilly Handfishin'," "Mountain Men," "Yukon Men," "Wild West Alaska," "Duck Dynasty," "Animal Fight Night," "Shark Wranglers," "Under Wild Skies," and "Shark Hunters."
Consider "Swamp People" (History Channel, 2010). It is about alligator hunters in Louisiana who go out daily during the hunting season. The hunters set traps, baiting massive hooks with rotten chickens or fish. Alligators swallow the bait, and the hooks often become lodged in their stomachs. Sometimes the hunters do not return to check the lines until the next day. Obviously a gut-hooked alligator suffers horrendously during this waiting period. When the hunters finally return to the line, one of them pulls the doomed animal toward the boat. Once the hooked animal is in sight, another hunter shoots the alligator dead.