Alligator Attraction in Madeira Beach, Florida, has been allowing children and adults to swim with its gators during birthday parties.
For $175, Madeira Beach will deliver alligators, under 4 feet long, to pool parties in the Tampa Bay area and allow children to hold and swim with the reptiles, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
However, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has told Alligator Attraction that the gators no longer will be allowed to swim freely in swimming pools. The gators have to be held or kept on a leash at all times.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a statement that alligators must be "under rigid supervision and control in order to prevent injuries. This poses a serious public safety risk and could result in scratching of persons, loosening of tape around its mouth, or unrestrained thrashing of its tail."
Many parents expressed sadness and disappointment that the gators won't be allowed to roam freely with their children, but Don Anthony, spokesman for the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, told the Tampa Bay Times: "Exposing little kids to the dangers of something as unpredictable as an alligator and putting an alligator into a completely unnatural environment," it's just not good for either."