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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26-50 of 67930 signatures
Number Date Name Location
67905 Tue Nov 08 01:00:13 EST 2016 Lisa Sfeir Albuquerque, NM , US
67904 Mon Nov 07 15:49:51 EST 2016 Michael Heller Media, PA , US
67903 Mon Nov 07 14:44:33 EST 2016 Jim Aldrich Tallahassee, FL , US
67902 Mon Nov 07 05:25:19 EST 2016 Carlos Echevarria Inglewood, CA , US
67901 Sun Nov 06 01:38:18 EST 2016 ARIANNE CUSTER ANAHEIM, CA , US
67900 Fri Nov 04 13:09:49 EDT 2016 Monica Banghart Syracuse, NY , US
67899 Thu Nov 03 22:13:58 EDT 2016 Jennifer Sams Fort Walton Beach, FL , US
67898 Thu Nov 03 17:27:24 EDT 2016 Rama Bharadwaj Port Washington, WI , US
67897 Thu Nov 03 17:23:19 EDT 2016 sara sexton TX, TX , US
67896 Thu Nov 03 16:22:21 EDT 2016 Sarah Raite Jamesville , NY , US
67895 Thu Nov 03 14:53:47 EDT 2016 André Henrique Bacci Brasil, BR+15 , BR
67894 Thu Nov 03 10:22:57 EDT 2016 Paul Tuff Salinas, CA , US
67893 Wed Nov 02 17:27:56 EDT 2016 Kristo C Stuart, FL , US
67892 Tue Nov 01 21:40:08 EDT 2016 Rebecca Moffat Brantford, ON , CA
67891 Tue Nov 01 18:53:51 EDT 2016 Kitty Edson Richmond, VA , US
67890 Tue Nov 01 14:12:27 EDT 2016 Rocío Belén Guastavino capital federal, AR+07 , AR
67889 Tue Nov 01 09:24:14 EDT 2016 Monica Shamley Oxford, MI , US
67888 Tue Nov 01 08:35:19 EDT 2016 Nichelle Jette Bozeman, MT , US
67887 Mon Oct 31 22:10:45 EDT 2016 Rose Smith Glenside , PA , US
67886 Mon Oct 31 17:31:37 EDT 2016 Donna Cocuzza Port richey, FL , US
67885 Fri Oct 28 23:53:10 EDT 2016 Thomas McVay RMV, CA , US
67884 Fri Oct 28 16:06:45 EDT 2016 ti bader prescott, AZ , US
67883 Thu Oct 27 22:53:28 EDT 2016 Rolaine Bird West Jordan , UT , US
67882 Thu Oct 27 14:30:03 EDT 2016 Lynn Barnes Brown City, MI , US
67881 Wed Oct 26 12:52:13 EDT 2016 Sharon brink BC, BC , CA
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Photo of eastern diamondback rattlesnake by D. Bruce Means.

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