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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Number Date Name Location
67802 Fri Sep 16 12:00:18 EDT 2016 sara sexton TX, TX , US
67801 Fri Sep 16 03:49:43 EDT 2016 Jannemieke de Groot weelde, ot , BE
67800 Thu Sep 15 12:01:02 EDT 2016 Diane Hayward BC, BC , CA
67799 Wed Sep 14 13:20:34 EDT 2016 emme g ch, CA , US
67798 Wed Sep 14 12:24:14 EDT 2016 Judy Cohen Davenport, IA , US
67797 Wed Sep 14 10:53:55 EDT 2016 Lorrie Jamison CO, CO , US
67796 Wed Sep 14 00:54:55 EDT 2016 C W Seattle, WA , US
67795 Tue Sep 13 22:18:42 EDT 2016 Anonymous Freeland, WA , US
67794 Tue Sep 13 22:13:03 EDT 2016 Cinzia B. S. G., ID , IT
67793 Tue Sep 13 18:16:32 EDT 2016 Jeffrey DeCristofaro Asheville, NC , US
67792 Tue Sep 13 17:33:24 EDT 2016 UNITED NATIONS FOR ANIMALS, NGO MI, MI , US
67791 Tue Sep 13 16:34:49 EDT 2016 Jennifer Delker Vashon, WA , US
67790 Tue Sep 13 14:51:10 EDT 2016 Nicholas Romano Oakland Park, FL , US
67789 Tue Sep 13 14:31:20 EDT 2016 reita newkirk santa fe, NM , US
67788 Tue Sep 13 08:12:51 EDT 2016 Karin Zimmermann Hersbruck, ot , DE
67787 Mon Sep 12 20:56:16 EDT 2016 Claire Chambers CA, CA , US
67786 Sun Sep 11 13:31:54 EDT 2016 Sylvia Escobedo Covina, CA , US
67785 Sat Sep 10 10:31:46 EDT 2016 Anonymous Oklahoma City , OK , US
67784 Sat Sep 10 01:23:46 EDT 2016 JASMINE TIFFIN Oregon, OR , US
67783 Fri Sep 09 17:01:23 EDT 2016 Eileen Wunderlich Houston, TX , US
67782 Fri Sep 09 15:47:10 EDT 2016 anne thompson St. Paul, MN , US
67781 Fri Sep 09 11:33:05 EDT 2016 brenda denno surrey, BC , CA
67780 Fri Sep 09 00:44:28 EDT 2016 tara appleman roaring spring, PA , US
67779 Thu Sep 08 18:38:51 EDT 2016 melanie husfelt winston salem, NC , US
67778 Thu Sep 08 18:08:50 EDT 2016 jennifer bick MO, MO , US
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Photo of eastern diamondback rattlesnake by D. Bruce Means.

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