Center for Biological Diversity

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
67507 Sat Jul 30 02:45:17 EDT 2016 Michele Smolen Studio City, CA , US
67506 Sat Jul 30 01:28:55 EDT 2016 Jean Smith Lanse, MI , US
67505 Fri Jul 29 21:27:40 EDT 2016 Pamala McKenna North Providence, RI , US
67504 Fri Jul 29 19:15:40 EDT 2016 TAMARA HULSEY CA, CA , US
67503 Fri Jul 29 18:58:21 EDT 2016 Ann Razumovskaya Saint-Peterburg, ot , RU
67502 Fri Jul 29 17:32:53 EDT 2016 Christina Viljoen Irondale, AL , US
67501 Fri Jul 29 13:11:33 EDT 2016 Mark Canright Asbury, NJ , US
67500 Fri Jul 29 11:41:57 EDT 2016 Leona Perry Streamwood, IL , US
67499 Fri Jul 29 10:17:30 EDT 2016 Viktoria Nikonov Berlin, ot , CU
67498 Fri Jul 29 08:38:50 EDT 2016 chad fuqua houston, TX , US
67497 Fri Jul 29 07:03:37 EDT 2016 Mary Best Federal Way, WA , US
67496 Fri Jul 29 01:50:57 EDT 2016 George Ruiz San Carlos, CA , US
67495 Fri Jul 29 00:39:53 EDT 2016 Maureen Wheeler Silver Spring, MD , US
67494 Thu Jul 28 22:24:45 EDT 2016 Shannon Kelly Omaha, NE , US
67493 Thu Jul 28 21:54:22 EDT 2016 Kayla Parker Tell City , IN , US
67492 Thu Jul 28 19:44:52 EDT 2016 Gigi Taylor Tucson, AZ , US
67491 Thu Jul 28 19:04:34 EDT 2016 Linda Censorio MA, MA , US
67490 Thu Jul 28 19:00:06 EDT 2016 Anonymous Barrington, RI , US
67489 Thu Jul 28 18:43:26 EDT 2016 Judith Haglund Florida, FL , US
67488 Thu Jul 28 18:03:21 EDT 2016 sharon george prescott, AZ , US
67487 Thu Jul 28 17:42:35 EDT 2016 Ann Reed Quincy, IL , US
67486 Thu Jul 28 17:38:37 EDT 2016 Scott Cook Palm Coast, FL , US
67485 Thu Jul 28 17:26:10 EDT 2016 sara sexton TX, TX , US
67484 Thu Jul 28 17:22:09 EDT 2016 Camilla Knuhtsen Copenhagen , ot , DK
67483 Thu Jul 28 17:07:31 EDT 2016 Alistair Kanaan San francisco, CA , US
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Photo of eastern diamondback rattlesnake by D. Bruce Means.

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