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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
68036 Tue Mar 21 11:38:20 EDT 2017 Lauren Gedlinske Apple Valley, MN , US
68035 Tue Mar 21 11:37:08 EDT 2017 Antoinette Gonzales VICTORVILLE, CA , US
68034 Tue Mar 21 10:02:35 EDT 2017 Marina Kotelnikova Moscow, ot , RU
68033 Tue Mar 21 09:23:23 EDT 2017 Barbara Delgado Miami, FL , US
68032 Tue Mar 21 06:00:23 EDT 2017 Renate Ebrecht Mannheim, ot , DE
68031 Tue Mar 21 05:26:27 EDT 2017 Claudia Neuhalfen Bonn, ot , DE
68030 Tue Mar 21 04:25:18 EDT 2017 Violetta Hartmann Dahme/Mark, DE+11 , DE
68029 Tue Mar 21 04:23:13 EDT 2017 Anonymous toronto, ON , CA
68028 Tue Mar 21 01:46:50 EDT 2017 Beatriz Pallanes Santa Ana, CA , US
68027 Mon Mar 20 19:57:53 EDT 2017 Gerlinde Holzer Guntersdorf, AT+03 , AT
68026 Mon Mar 20 18:16:10 EDT 2017 Paul Tuff Salinas, CA , US
68025 Mon Mar 20 16:21:43 EDT 2017 Hilarey Benda Los Angeles, CA , US
68024 Mon Mar 20 15:55:49 EDT 2017 Mrs. Meaghan Black and Mr. Joseph Shavalier Hollister, CA , US
68023 Mon Mar 20 15:10:16 EDT 2017 Renate Ebrecht Mannheim, ot , DE
68022 Mon Mar 20 14:15:54 EDT 2017 Brigitte Hecht Regensburg, DE+02 , DE
68021 Mon Mar 20 14:08:12 EDT 2017 Rosi Zang Aschaffenburg, ot , DE
68020 Mon Mar 20 13:57:50 EDT 2017 lydia zink Hannover, DE+06 , DE
68019 Mon Mar 20 13:08:20 EDT 2017 Connie Williams Platte City, MO , US
68018 Mon Mar 20 09:35:09 EDT 2017 Massimo Savigni Modena, ot , IT
68017 Mon Mar 20 08:12:11 EDT 2017 Anneret Smit Bloemfontein, ot , ZA
68016 Mon Mar 20 05:35:20 EDT 2017 .annamarie jones CA, CA , US
68015 Mon Mar 20 05:27:07 EDT 2017 Annamaria Rizzo Brescia, ot , IT
68014 Mon Mar 20 03:48:11 EDT 2017 Zoe Spiropoulou Haidari, ot , GR
68013 Mon Mar 20 01:22:20 EDT 2017 Robin Stano West Caldwell, NJ , US
68012 Mon Mar 20 01:22:18 EDT 2017 Robin Stano West Caldwell, NJ , US
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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