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Change Rattlesnake Roundups to Humane Festivals

Eastern diamondback rattlesnake

"Rattlesnake roundups" are cruel contests where hunters bring in as many wild snakes as they can catch in a year; afterwards the snakes are slaughtered and sold for their skin and meat.

They're a serious problem -- one that many people don't even know exist. Roundups in the Southeast, for example, are driving sharp declines of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, which is the target of contests in Whigham, Ga., and Opp, Ala. In response to a Center petition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that eastern diamondbacks may now need Endangered Species Act protection.

Across the country rattlers play a key role in the food web, especially in terms of rodent control. And because hunters often use gasoline to drive snakes from their dens, roundups are also harmful to hundreds of other species that share their homes with the snakes. In Texas, 20 endangered species living underground can be harmed by suffocating gas fumes, which is why the Center recently petitioned to end "gassing" of Texas snake dens.

Please sign our petition asking communities to change their roundups to festivals where snakes are celebrated and admired -- not hunted and killed.

We, the undersigned, are writing to urge you to change the rattlesnake roundup held in your community to a humane festival where snakes are not hunted or killed. Towns such as Claxton, Ga., have already changed their roundups to successful wildlife festivals that generate income for their communities. We urge you to follow their example and change your roundup to an event where snakes are not collected or slaughtered.
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Number Date Name Location
68061 Tue Mar 28 10:59:36 EDT 2017 Rita Wolff Hannover, ot , DE
68060 Tue Mar 28 10:59:35 EDT 2017 Rita Wolff Hannover, ot , DE
68059 Mon Mar 27 06:34:20 EDT 2017 angelika wegner burscheid, ot , DE
68058 Fri Mar 24 22:27:48 EDT 2017 Steven Sibley River Ridge, LA , US
68057 Fri Mar 24 18:13:43 EDT 2017 Bine Regensburger Innsbruck, AT+07 , AT
68056 Fri Mar 24 17:42:34 EDT 2017 Bolly Maus Innsbruck, AT+07 , AT
68055 Fri Mar 24 17:22:20 EDT 2017 Maria Klein Innsbruck, AT+07 , AT
68054 Fri Mar 24 16:33:40 EDT 2017 Sabine Mayr Innsbruck, AT+07 , AT
68053 Fri Mar 24 10:26:39 EDT 2017 Anonymous Regensburg, DE+02 , DE
68052 Thu Mar 23 15:32:37 EDT 2017 Frank Ehmke Schachen, CH+02 , CH
68051 Thu Mar 23 15:07:22 EDT 2017 Karin Guenther Cuxhaven, DE , DE
68050 Wed Mar 22 20:36:48 EDT 2017 Javier Beraza Zaragoza, NU , CA
68049 Wed Mar 22 09:24:46 EDT 2017 ibrahim rexhepi ville la grand, FR+A6 , FR
68048 Wed Mar 22 04:03:35 EDT 2017 Greg Jameson Gurnee, IL , US
68047 Wed Mar 22 02:35:09 EDT 2017 Janina Grage Herne, ot , DE
68046 Tue Mar 21 21:05:24 EDT 2017 Valerya Nikanorova Moscow, ot , RU
68045 Tue Mar 21 20:28:31 EDT 2017 Iris Reinhard Friesenheim, ot , DE
68044 Tue Mar 21 19:59:56 EDT 2017 Marion Schorr Belgium, BE+08 , BE
68043 Tue Mar 21 14:56:13 EDT 2017 mesut subasi istanbul, VI , TR
68042 Tue Mar 21 13:06:02 EDT 2017 Eva-Maria Haak Salzgitter, ot , DE
68041 Tue Mar 21 12:43:22 EDT 2017 Donna Groussman Westminster, CO , US
68040 Tue Mar 21 12:42:49 EDT 2017 Sabine Mayr Innsbruck, AT+07 , AT
68039 Tue Mar 21 12:41:25 EDT 2017 Maelie Bugat Artiguelouve, FR+97 , FR
68038 Tue Mar 21 12:16:03 EDT 2017 Cynthia Franke DE, DE+05 , DE
68037 Tue Mar 21 11:40:13 EDT 2017 Sanand Dilip Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, ot , BE
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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