Responding to a House Republican’s alligator-hunt fundraiser, Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) this week is hoping to attract donations with vows not to kill any animals.
The online fundraiser, Ackerman’s office said Thursday, offers “an animal-friendly alternative” to Rep. Jeff Landry’s (R-La.) $5,000 alligator hunt, which is scheduled for next month.
“$5,000 to kill a reptile? Heck, for a mere 10 percent of that, you can send me $500 and you don’t have to kill an alligator,” Ackerman wrote in a message to supporters. “Don’t have 500 bucks, or can’t find an alligator in New York? Well just don’t shoot a squirrel and send me $50.”
Landry, a freshman, is weighing a primary run against fellow Louisiana Rep. Charles Boustany (R) now that the lawmakers’ districts have been merged by this year’s state-approved redistricting plan.
The invitation for Landry’s Sept. 9 alligator hunt states that “each person that purchases a tag and intends to ‘pull the trigger’ on an alligator must provide their name and social security # to secure a hunting license.”
Afterward, Landry will host a dinner at his house.
Ackerman’s response includes a picture of an alligator vowing its support for the New York liberal.
“No animals,” Ackerman added, “were harmed in the production of this message!”