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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
67660 Sat Feb 18 17:33:09 EST 2017 jill goldman Toluca Lake, CA , US
67659 Sat Feb 18 10:09:23 EST 2017 Anne Bumbak Mayfield Heights, OH , US
67658 Sat Feb 18 09:56:02 EST 2017 Mary Walton Elmira, NY , US
67657 Sat Feb 18 09:26:13 EST 2017 Anonymous Lewisberry, PA , US
67656 Sat Feb 18 04:58:20 EST 2017 Evan Hartman Philadelphia,, PA , US
67655 Fri Feb 17 21:55:46 EST 2017 Christine Higgins Columbus, OH , US
67654 Fri Feb 17 21:46:59 EST 2017 James Derzon Alexandria, VA , US
67653 Fri Feb 17 20:52:29 EST 2017 Jane Calame San Francisco, CA , US
67652 Fri Feb 17 16:41:00 EST 2017 Betsy Farmer Waynesville, NC , US
67651 Fri Feb 17 15:53:25 EST 2017 Robert Jehn Cochranton, PA , US
67650 Fri Feb 17 14:16:42 EST 2017 Marie Michl Rocky Mount, NC , US
67649 Fri Feb 17 13:49:33 EST 2017 Elizabeth Clemmey Mansfield , MA , US
67648 Fri Feb 17 13:30:02 EST 2017 Charlotte Wyatt Providence, KY , US
67647 Fri Feb 17 13:28:18 EST 2017 Lisa Frey Florence, KY , US
67646 Fri Feb 17 13:25:43 EST 2017 Helen Torosian Fredericksburg, VA , US
67645 Fri Feb 17 13:15:15 EST 2017 Rebecca Carrier Black Mountain, NC , US
67644 Fri Feb 17 12:52:03 EST 2017 Rich Speer Wexford , PA , US
67643 Fri Feb 17 11:48:03 EST 2017 Angela Judy Alexandria Fairfax County, VA , US
67642 Fri Feb 17 11:19:59 EST 2017 Tracey Katsouros Waldorf, MD , US
67641 Fri Feb 17 00:47:13 EST 2017 Laura R. Goldstein FL, FL , US
67640 Thu Feb 16 21:31:52 EST 2017 Diana Daniels Sacramento, CA , US
67639 Thu Feb 16 17:14:08 EST 2017 sara sexton Sanger, TX , US
67638 Thu Feb 16 17:11:52 EST 2017 Cindy Kieckhaefer Scottsdale, AZ , US
67637 Thu Feb 16 16:58:44 EST 2017 Kevin W. McAlister Bellmore, NY , US
67636 Thu Feb 16 10:51:43 EST 2017 Steve Collins Longwood, FL , US
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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