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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
67685 Fri Feb 24 22:48:35 EST 2017 Judy Clark Princeton, NJ , US
67684 Fri Feb 24 18:07:27 EST 2017 Anne Mazzone Easton, CT , US
67683 Fri Feb 24 03:25:41 EST 2017 JANICE CHUI VANCOUVER, BC , CA
67682 Thu Feb 23 09:48:00 EST 2017 Shawna Heldt Livermore, CA , US
67681 Wed Feb 22 21:25:24 EST 2017 Sufi Olsen Eugene , OR , US
67680 Wed Feb 22 12:29:57 EST 2017 nita patrick West Hollywood, CA , US
67679 Wed Feb 22 12:27:32 EST 2017 Brenda Boutin Cincinnati Hamilton County, OH , US
67678 Wed Feb 22 12:26:19 EST 2017 Charity Loveless Columbus, OH , US
67677 Tue Feb 21 22:14:02 EST 2017 Amber Gilchrist elbert, CO , US
67676 Tue Feb 21 17:48:55 EST 2017 John Everett Grass Valley, CA , US
67675 Tue Feb 21 16:35:49 EST 2017 Anonymous Endicott, NY , US
67674 Tue Feb 21 14:20:03 EST 2017 Ann Roberts-Ostapack Horse Cave , KY , US
67673 Tue Feb 21 14:13:06 EST 2017 JUNE CAMPBELL TUCSON, AZ , US
67672 Mon Feb 20 17:19:21 EST 2017 Nancy Loftin Toledo Lucas County, OH , US
67671 Mon Feb 20 16:14:27 EST 2017 Dianna Hoyt South Euclid, OH , US
67670 Mon Feb 20 13:30:54 EST 2017 Anonymous Gladbeck, ot , DE
67669 Mon Feb 20 12:54:03 EST 2017 patty senger cincinnati, OH , US
67668 Mon Feb 20 11:27:01 EST 2017 Lori Manfreda Beavercreek, OH , US
67667 Mon Feb 20 11:00:33 EST 2017 Niina Bejling Stockholm, SE+26 , SE
67666 Mon Feb 20 07:30:56 EST 2017 Anonymous philadelphia, PA , US
67665 Sun Feb 19 20:20:02 EST 2017 Anonymous Hereford, AZ , US
67664 Sun Feb 19 12:13:42 EST 2017 Nanette Oggiono Upton, MA , US
67663 Sun Feb 19 00:56:13 EST 2017 ALEXANDRA ZARZYCKA BROOKLYN, NY , US
67662 Sun Feb 19 00:11:57 EST 2017 Glenn Long Dallas, TX , US
67661 Sat Feb 18 23:15:01 EST 2017 ian garman Loxahatchee, FL , US
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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