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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
68332 Sun May 28 10:01:41 EDT 2017 Andrew Sutphin Westlake Village, CA , US
68331 Sat May 27 18:03:18 EDT 2017 Cecelia Mondoc Los angeles, CA , US
68330 Sat May 27 16:43:52 EDT 2017 Sandra Perez Miami, FL , US
68329 Fri May 26 17:39:20 EDT 2017 sara sexton Sanger, TX , US
68328 Fri May 26 13:08:04 EDT 2017 Marcine McBride West Melbourne, FL , US
68327 Fri May 26 12:10:48 EDT 2017 Jackie Mills Kissimmee , FL , US
68326 Fri May 26 10:40:54 EDT 2017 Dawn Ramsey Sarasota, FL , US
68325 Fri May 26 09:27:06 EDT 2017 Terrie Williams Vidor, TX , US
68324 Fri May 26 06:20:17 EDT 2017 Eileen Wunderlich Houston, TX , US
68323 Thu May 25 19:02:40 EDT 2017 Barbara Greenwood Walnut Creek , CA , US
68322 Thu May 25 16:39:15 EDT 2017 Karola Windweh Hainburg, ot , DE
68321 Thu May 25 11:54:06 EDT 2017 Tina Forster Vienna, ot , AT
68320 Wed May 24 16:02:34 EDT 2017 Scott Norris lakewood, CO , US
68319 Fri May 19 16:48:25 EDT 2017 william bedinghaus st.petersburg, FL , US
68318 Fri May 19 06:31:48 EDT 2017 margaret roy newcastle, ot , GB
68317 Thu May 18 12:20:56 EDT 2017 Richard Green Santa Rosa, CA , US
68316 Thu May 18 04:25:53 EDT 2017 Mm Mill La Mesa, CA , US
68315 Wed May 17 21:07:06 EDT 2017 sirena green Kingston, NY , US
68314 Wed May 17 18:36:47 EDT 2017 Cheri Albin Tallahassee, FL , US
68313 Wed May 17 13:15:36 EDT 2017 Bonnie Steiger San Francisco, CA , US
68312 Tue May 16 17:15:06 EDT 2017 Deanna Horton Tucson, AZ , US
68311 Tue May 16 17:15:00 EDT 2017 Deanna Horton Tucson, AZ , US
68310 Tue May 16 16:37:54 EDT 2017 Lennart Blomqvist Stockholm, NY , SE
68309 Tue May 16 16:35:18 EDT 2017 T J Thompson Gig Harbor, WA , US
68308 Tue May 16 15:24:32 EDT 2017 Anonymous Lake Havasu City, AZ , US
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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