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High Court Outlaws Alligator Wrestling

Mon., June 23, 1997, midnight

Israel’s Supreme Court on Sunday outlawed alligator wrestling as a spectator event, following appeals from animal rights groups that the spectacles are inhumane.

But alligator-fighting classes for backpackers headed to Latin America can continue, Justice Mishael Cheshin said.

The high court’s decision overturned a Tel Aviv court ruling last year that the events at an alligator farm in northern Israel were no different from circus shows and need not be banned.

Animal rights groups hailed Sunday’s ruling. “In Florida alligator-wrestling is still going on. Today’s ruling shows that Israel is even more enlightened than the United States in prevention of cruelty to animals,” said Eti Altman of Let the Animals Live.

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