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Dominic Monaghan

'Swamp People' Is Cruel


7/12/2012 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Lost" star Dominic Monaghan believes "Swamp People" is nothing more than "shock TV" that glorifies the senseless killing of alligators -- and it must be stopped.

Monaghan went off on Twitter moments ago about the History Channel show, writing, "If my hero Steve Irwin was around, those shows about killing alligators wouldn't be on TV. I'm gonna stop them."

Monaghan describes "Swamp People" as "death entertainment" that "continues to demonize reptiles as monsters and animals that are okay to torture and kill."

He adds, "If alligator populations need to be controlled, I understand. But the act should not be glorified on TV. Disgusting."

And according to Dominic, it's all the History Channel's fault -- "I blame the network, not the people."

So we gotta ask ...


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Oh no! Another idiot with to much money and a cause...

832 days ago

Fat Mike    

Not as cruel as inflicting 6 seasons of Lost on us

832 days ago

Its Me    

I'll admit I've watched it a few times, but mainly I want to see these idiots get bit!! Sadly, they never do!

832 days ago


The name of the show alone should be enough for you to not watch it.

832 days ago


The show isn't glorifying the killing of alligators they are educating people on the dangers of them. If you see one you should call a wild life officer or someone skilled and trained enough to handle those situations. Alligators and crocodiles are dangerous they can kill pets, kids, and even adults if they pose a threat they need to be taken care of. When they put down the animal it’s done as humanly as possible they certainly aren’t torturing the animals or they wouldn’t show it on TV.

832 days ago

Jackie Collins    

I agree with Dominic. It is a stupid, cruel and disgusting TV show. And why in the world is it on the history channel, which, by the way, seems to be a misnomer, since they have little history on it anymore.

832 days ago

There's a problem here    

He's a jerk but he's right. If they were a bunch of guys who drank tea and did catch and release all day just for the heck of it I doubt that would be televison fodder. I'd rethink that Steve Irwin thing. This is the man who took his newborn infant into a gator pen, one trip and the baby would have been lunch. His daughter has been pimped out since she was 6. Can't he just donate food to hungry children instead of worrying about alligators, which are going to be killed whether he agrees or not?

832 days ago


the same alligators that have attacked 2 kids in 5 days? are these the alligators you are referring to?

832 days ago


Go figure a clueless Hollywood actor. Maybe someone should tell him this show is not about controlling the population, but the livelihood made by these men and women who hunt and sell the gators they catch.

832 days ago


Dominic needs to come over to my house and remove the big 9 ft. alligator that is sunning itself. It is on the lake at the right behind my residence.. I am afraid to go in my backyard today to water my flowers. He can take the alligator home for a pet.

832 days ago


He does have a point about demonizing reptiles as monsters. I don't think the 55th Annual Texas Bunny Round-up would be too popular.

832 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Those alligators are no different than cows (killed to be skinned and eaten).

832 days ago


Swamp People is one of my favorite shows. The culling of alligators is legal and regulated. No gators are tortured. You have to kill them quickly with a pistol or rifle before you put them in your boat or you will be eaten. The show is informative about the dangers of alligators and the life of the Cajun people.

832 days ago


Wow, way to try and claw your way back to relevance, you has-been.

832 days ago


so if you don't like the show don't watch. This is how the Cajuns make a living...

832 days ago
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