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
65371 Thu Jun 23 20:55:53 EDT 2016 JoAnn Polley 98370, WA , US
65370 Thu Jun 23 20:50:27 EDT 2016 Tatiana King Massachusetts, MA , US
65369 Thu Jun 23 20:24:37 EDT 2016 robert dowling Bronx, NY , US
65368 Thu Jun 23 19:58:00 EDT 2016 Anonymous GA, GA , US
65367 Thu Jun 23 18:16:43 EDT 2016 raju gupta LONDON, AL , GB
65366 Thu Jun 23 18:12:35 EDT 2016 heather decker pine bush, NY , US
65365 Thu Jun 23 17:46:31 EDT 2016 DANIEL FIGUEROA MESA, AZ , US
65364 Thu Jun 23 17:42:16 EDT 2016 Marta Rico Buenrostro Zapopan, AZ , MX
65363 Thu Jun 23 17:39:40 EDT 2016 Susan Esposito Staten Island, NY , US
65362 Thu Jun 23 17:38:57 EDT 2016 William Brigham Adair Coatesville, PA , US
65361 Thu Jun 23 17:06:08 EDT 2016 Linda Barrett Indianapolis , IN , US
65360 Thu Jun 23 16:56:39 EDT 2016 Kay Roberts London, ot , GB
65359 Thu Jun 23 16:47:58 EDT 2016 Emy Chapman Red Wing , MN , US
65358 Thu Jun 23 16:47:15 EDT 2016 sara sexton TX, TX , US
65357 Thu Jun 23 16:40:22 EDT 2016 patti Mckinley Chicago, IL , US
65356 Thu Jun 23 16:38:16 EDT 2016 michael ballinger San Ramon, CA , US
65355 Thu Jun 23 16:22:38 EDT 2016 Deanna Horton Tucson, AZ , US
65354 Thu Jun 23 16:20:36 EDT 2016 T J Thompson Gig Harbor, WA , US
65353 Thu Jun 23 16:14:42 EDT 2016 Sarah Raite Jamesville , NY , US
65352 Thu Jun 23 15:52:30 EDT 2016 MARIA LUISA WELLS miami, FL , US
65351 Thu Jun 23 15:51:05 EDT 2016 Sarah Raite Jamesville , NY , US
65350 Thu Jun 23 15:49:33 EDT 2016 J S rock hill, SC , US
65349 Thu Jun 23 15:22:18 EDT 2016 Michelle Barbour Agoura Hills, CA , US
65348 Wed Jun 22 20:37:18 EDT 2016 Evi Meuris Denver, CA , US
65347 Wed Jun 22 19:04:47 EDT 2016 geri perry CA, CA , US
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Photo of eastern diamondback rattlesnake by D. Bruce Means.

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