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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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26-50 of 67526 signatures
Number Date Name Location
67501 Mon Jan 16 16:37:42 EST 2017 Pat Bryan Lemon Grove, CA , US
67500 Mon Jan 16 16:03:01 EST 2017 Doris Telles Mountain Center, CA , US
67499 Mon Jan 16 15:31:39 EST 2017 Marsha Lucero Nipomo, CA , US
67498 Mon Jan 16 15:29:15 EST 2017 Janet Bindas Walnut Creek, CA , US
67497 Mon Jan 16 15:25:16 EST 2017 stacey jackson aptos, CA , US
67496 Mon Jan 16 14:28:44 EST 2017 Perry Gx TUSTIN, CA , US
67495 Mon Jan 16 13:58:11 EST 2017 Maria Nowicki San Francisco, CA , US
67494 Mon Jan 16 13:52:22 EST 2017 gerrit woudstra lemmer, CA , NL
67493 Mon Jan 16 13:32:30 EST 2017 michael levitt concord, CA , US
67492 Mon Jan 16 13:24:02 EST 2017 Linda Prandi Sacramento, CA , US
67491 Mon Jan 16 13:22:14 EST 2017 Melissa Funk Roseville, CA , US
67490 Mon Jan 16 13:16:03 EST 2017 michele Smolen Studio City, CA , US
67489 Mon Jan 16 12:58:29 EST 2017 Politti Ashcraft CA, CA , US
67488 Mon Jan 16 12:55:46 EST 2017 Ilya Turov Moreno Valley, CA , US
67487 Mon Jan 16 12:50:45 EST 2017 Elizabeth Ramsey Davis, CA , US
67486 Mon Jan 16 12:47:00 EST 2017 Jane Carroll Chatsworth, CA , US
67485 Mon Jan 16 12:45:13 EST 2017 Diane Pearl South San Francisco, CA , US
67484 Mon Jan 16 12:31:31 EST 2017 Tina Colafranceschi Whitethorn , CA , US
67483 Mon Jan 16 12:27:11 EST 2017 Anonymous Riverside, CA , US
67482 Mon Jan 16 12:25:20 EST 2017 Nicole Echave Ladera Ranch, CA , US
67481 Mon Jan 16 12:21:06 EST 2017 Robert Ortiz Novato, CA , US
67480 Mon Jan 16 12:20:55 EST 2017 Jaime Nahman Topanga, CA , US
67479 Mon Jan 16 12:19:03 EST 2017 Jimmie Lunsford San Diego, CA , US
67478 Sun Jan 15 18:18:19 EST 2017 Kathleen YoungKuder Carson City, NV , US
67477 Sat Jan 14 19:51:59 EST 2017 Wendy Kauff Boyertown, PA , US
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Please take action by Feb. 12, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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