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
67709 Fri Aug 19 09:52:17 EDT 2016 Christina Raptis Commack, NY , US
67708 Fri Aug 19 07:43:42 EDT 2016 Geisha Garcia Mugardos La Coruña , ot , ES
67707 Fri Aug 19 07:00:14 EDT 2016 Brigitta MacMillan Deal, ot , GB
67706 Fri Aug 19 05:27:33 EDT 2016 Simone Restelli Choose a State, ot , IT
67705 Thu Aug 18 21:52:53 EDT 2016 Kathleen Smaluk-Nix KY, KY , US
67704 Thu Aug 18 21:51:26 EDT 2016 Maureen Wheeler Silver Spring, MD , US
67703 Thu Aug 18 21:02:23 EDT 2016 Monica Fellowes Fredericksburg, VA , US
67702 Thu Aug 18 19:34:55 EDT 2016 Trish Kendall Gardner, MA , US
67701 Thu Aug 18 19:08:01 EDT 2016 Demelza Costa Sweet Home, OR , US
67700 Thu Aug 18 19:02:03 EDT 2016 Teresa Pitts NC, NC , US
67699 Thu Aug 18 18:57:28 EDT 2016 Toni Thomas Tucson, AZ , US
67698 Thu Aug 18 18:30:29 EDT 2016 Patti Eckert Roseville , MN , US
67697 Thu Aug 18 17:44:42 EDT 2016 Ann Millonig Kingston, NY , US
67696 Thu Aug 18 17:36:24 EDT 2016 Margarete Mabie Gulf Breeze, FL , US
67695 Thu Aug 18 17:33:32 EDT 2016 Teresa Lyons Texas, TX , US
67694 Thu Aug 18 17:24:41 EDT 2016 Karen Falcon PR, PR , US
67693 Thu Aug 18 17:04:51 EDT 2016 Nancy Ward Burbank, IL , US
67692 Thu Aug 18 16:55:39 EDT 2016 Karen Krieger New Jersey, NJ , US
67691 Thu Aug 18 16:49:34 EDT 2016 A. T. paris, ot , FX
67690 Thu Aug 18 16:39:04 EDT 2016 sara sexton TX, TX , US
67689 Thu Aug 18 16:22:22 EDT 2016 Beth Behm Marlborough, MA , US
67688 Thu Aug 18 15:57:48 EDT 2016 Anonymous Rockvale , TN , US
67687 Thu Aug 18 14:54:49 EDT 2016 Rita Raftery Ridgefield Park, NJ , US
67686 Thu Aug 18 12:32:26 EDT 2016 Mary Ellen Bowen Plantsville, CT , US
67685 Thu Aug 18 04:05:05 EDT 2016 Mehmet Bilgen Istanbul, ot , TR
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Photo of eastern diamondback rattlesnake by D. Bruce Means.

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