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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
68453 Fri Jul 21 22:39:47 EDT 2017 Anonymous New Windsor, MD , US
68452 Fri Jul 21 18:59:04 EDT 2017 Linda Prandi Sacramento, CA , US
68451 Fri Jul 21 17:21:17 EDT 2017 Phil Fitzgerald Olathe, KS , US
68450 Fri Jul 21 17:15:24 EDT 2017 Atiye Özcümen Berlin, ot , DE
68449 Fri Jul 21 16:15:29 EDT 2017 emme g ch, CA , US
68448 Fri Jul 21 11:39:25 EDT 2017 Anonymous Richmond Hill, NY , US
68447 Fri Jul 21 11:35:56 EDT 2017 Pat Parkin Hinckley, ot , GB
68446 Fri Jul 21 11:12:21 EDT 2017 James Tillotson Dallas, TX , US
68445 Fri Jul 21 07:54:14 EDT 2017 Karma SamtenLhamo LIEGE, BE+04 , BE
68444 Fri Jul 21 05:19:27 EDT 2017 patrick BOOT Dallas, TX , US
68443 Fri Jul 21 04:27:44 EDT 2017 Lary McKee Gervais, OR , US
68442 Fri Jul 21 03:49:26 EDT 2017 Kalliopi Grafkou Markopoulo, ot , GR
68441 Fri Jul 21 00:09:04 EDT 2017 mauricio carvajal Santiago, ot , CL
68440 Thu Jul 20 22:04:16 EDT 2017 Pam Wilbourn Roseville, MI , US
68439 Thu Jul 20 19:43:52 EDT 2017 Megan Baker Springfield, MO , US
68438 Thu Jul 20 18:46:49 EDT 2017 Rosina Cespedes San Antonio, TX , US
68437 Thu Jul 20 18:46:38 EDT 2017 Rosina Cespedes San Antonio, TX , US
68436 Thu Jul 20 17:18:17 EDT 2017 Kelley Coleman-Slack Bellingham, WA , US
68435 Thu Jul 20 16:58:48 EDT 2017 nichelle lee EL CERRITO, CA , US
68434 Thu Jul 20 16:40:51 EDT 2017 pamela sleeper Manchester, MO , US
68433 Thu Jul 20 16:38:40 EDT 2017 Megan Prior Bellaire, TX , US
68432 Thu Jul 20 16:23:53 EDT 2017 Martha Jaquith Kingston, NH , US
68431 Thu Jul 20 15:43:07 EDT 2017 ken martin Newtown, CT , US
68430 Thu Jul 20 15:33:19 EDT 2017 Kim Sellon New Providence, NJ , US
68429 Tue Jul 18 12:13:15 EDT 2017 Seb Villani Chula Vista, CA , US
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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