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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
68428 Mon Jul 17 19:52:18 EDT 2017 Ginger Hipszky Colorado Springs, CO , US
68427 Mon Jul 17 15:02:47 EDT 2017 Bonnie Steiger San Francisco, CA , US
68426 Mon Jul 17 14:20:47 EDT 2017 Charmaine Breitengross Los Angeles, CA , US
68425 Mon Jul 17 05:54:22 EDT 2017 Danielle Pirotte Neupré, BE+04 , BE
68424 Sun Jul 16 14:47:08 EDT 2017 S. A. Gretna, la, LA , IR
68423 Sun Jul 16 04:10:17 EDT 2017 J. Woodworth Newman Lk., WA , US
68422 Fri Jul 14 16:09:43 EDT 2017 Gena Krieger Fallston, MD , US
68421 Thu Jul 13 16:57:42 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68420 Thu Jul 13 16:24:25 EDT 2017 Anonymous Pittsburgh, PA , US
68419 Wed Jul 12 08:30:32 EDT 2017 Ben Fuller Tunbridge Wells, ot , GB
68418 Wed Jul 12 07:57:56 EDT 2017 Carl Hoffmeister FL, FL , US
68417 Tue Jul 11 21:42:04 EDT 2017 Anonymous Oakland, CA , US
68416 Sun Jul 09 04:13:29 EDT 2017 Joanne Horton Eugene, OR , US
68415 Sat Jul 08 17:39:14 EDT 2017 Irene Lutz Santa Clarita, CA , US
68414 Sat Jul 08 16:56:24 EDT 2017 Clara Armenteros Miami, FL , US
68413 Fri Jul 07 13:43:23 EDT 2017 lauren kline redondo beach, CA , US
68412 Fri Jul 07 11:37:07 EDT 2017 Jodi Rodar Pelham, MA , US
68411 Fri Jul 07 09:49:19 EDT 2017 Lauren Lunde Mims, FL , US
68410 Thu Jul 06 16:20:48 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68409 Thu Jul 06 08:28:21 EDT 2017 Rhianna Lynch Hastings, ot , GB
68408 Wed Jul 05 12:42:48 EDT 2017 Caitilin Kane Dell Rapids, SD , US
68407 Tue Jul 04 10:15:12 EDT 2017 Cynthia Willsey Blue Springs, MO , US
68406 Tue Jul 04 00:05:34 EDT 2017 angela bourne Carlsbad, CA , US
68405 Mon Jul 03 23:13:49 EDT 2017 Sara Wan Malibu, CA , US
68404 Mon Jul 03 22:47:32 EDT 2017 Melissa Fink Sierra Madre, CA , US
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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