Change Rattlesnake Roundups to Humane Festivals
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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
68563 Fri Nov 03 11:57:15 EDT 2017 Pamela Miller Tolar, TX , US
68562 Fri Nov 03 08:32:45 EDT 2017 Wendy Chrisman OH, OH , US
68561 Fri Nov 03 01:56:06 EDT 2017 Joanne McGrath Sylva, NC , US
68560 Thu Nov 02 23:26:32 EDT 2017 Glenn Schlippert Etters, PA , US
68559 Thu Nov 02 17:09:04 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68558 Thu Nov 02 16:16:43 EDT 2017 Deanna Horton Tucson, AZ , US
68557 Thu Nov 02 15:58:50 EDT 2017 Ramiro Noguerol Haiku, HI , US
68556 Thu Nov 02 14:53:44 EDT 2017 Anonymous Sykesville, MD , US
68555 Wed Nov 01 09:30:22 EDT 2017 Miki Strabley South Bend , IN , US
68554 Wed Nov 01 09:29:41 EDT 2017 Miki Strabley South Bend , IN , US
68553 Sun Oct 29 16:46:07 EDT 2017 Dennis Kaplan Mayfield Heights, OH , US
68552 Sun Oct 29 13:53:47 EDT 2017 Bruce Abbott Newark, DE , US
68551 Sun Oct 29 08:09:51 EDT 2017 Annie Bien Brooklyn, NY , US
68550 Sat Oct 28 16:12:36 EDT 2017 Marie Alabiso Plymouth, MA , US
68549 Sat Oct 28 16:12:29 EDT 2017 Marie Alabiso Plymouth, MA , US
68548 Thu Oct 26 16:45:31 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68547 Thu Oct 26 16:40:50 EDT 2017 Richard Spotts Saint George, UT , US
68546 Thu Oct 26 14:30:58 EDT 2017 patrick BOOT Dallas, TX , US
68545 Tue Oct 24 07:06:17 EDT 2017 Audrey Valès Sevres, ot , FR
68544 Mon Oct 23 22:04:52 EDT 2017 K Gelhard New Windsor, MD , US
68543 Mon Oct 23 17:36:23 EDT 2017 Arlene Zuckerman Forest Hills, NY , US
68542 Mon Oct 23 16:43:17 EDT 2017 Bonnie Steiger San Francisco, CA , US
68541 Mon Oct 23 16:30:33 EDT 2017 Cathie Ernst Scottsdale, AZ , US
68540 Mon Oct 23 16:30:33 EDT 2017 Cathie Ernst Scottsdale, AZ , US
68539 Mon Oct 23 16:30:27 EDT 2017 Cathie Ernst Scottsdale, AZ , US
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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