Wellington native Stephanie Abrams is a fixture on The Weather Channel’s morning show AMHQ.
Her quirkiness and off-the-cuff remarks are a fan favorite and play against Jim Cantore’s more staid morning-show demeanor.
But Abrams is a vegetarian and animal lover, and this morning, her soft side for any living creature was on display during a segment on Florida’s fight against the invasive python.
AMHQ featured a segment about the python problem in South Florida, including a phone interview with heralded python hunter Dusty “Wildman” Crum, and video segments of some of the pythons that have been caught.
Crum notes that the South Florida Water Management District’s year-old python program has netted 951 snakes.
In one image, which starts at 1:10 on the Facebook clip, a python hangs from a hook for a weigh-in.
Abrams: Aww. Aww, come on.
Abrams: For someone like me to see this it’s hard, since I’m such a big animal lover, to see them all get killed like that. Is this a necessity? Can we put them somewhere else instead of killing them?
Cantore: (gives Abrams quizzical side look)
Cantore: I was going to ask you, Dusty, is the meat edible, is the, can you do something with the skin, can you make belts out of it?
Crum: Absolutey the skins are very beautiful, it’s really an elegant leather, we are making boots, all kinds of different stuff, made some converse sneakers…
Abrams: OK, so we’ve talked a lot about that, lets talk about what is it doing to the ecosystem, what are they actually doing.
Cantore: (to Abrams)Would you go on a hunt like that, would you go on a python hunt?
Abrams: I’m vegetarian, I won’t even eat fish. Just looking at those photos was upsetting to me.
Viewers Tweeted their thoughts to Abrams, who seemed to understand the damage the pythons are doing, but said she wished they didn’t have to be killed.
Abrams isn’t the only one who grimaces at the python kills.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has also voiced concerns about the manner in which the snakes are killed.
But the state said hunters are instructed on how to humanely kill the pythons, and the hunts will continue.