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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
68307 Tue May 16 14:23:22 EDT 2017 Anonymous Vernon Hills, IL , US
68306 Tue May 16 14:23:21 EDT 2017 Connie Williams Platte City, MO , US
68305 Tue May 16 13:57:00 EDT 2017 GILBERT AND SONYA LEYVA Reno, NV , US
68304 Tue May 16 13:38:31 EDT 2017 Stephanie Smith CO, CO , US
68303 Tue May 16 13:17:17 EDT 2017 Teri Lamb Massachusetts, MA , US
68302 Tue May 16 11:45:53 EDT 2017 Anonymous Richmond Hill, NY , US
68301 Tue May 16 11:13:46 EDT 2017 Alicia Cournoyer Orlando, FL , US
68300 Tue May 16 11:06:59 EDT 2017 Yael Shimshon Jerusalem, ot , IL
68299 Tue May 16 10:56:36 EDT 2017 JOYCE SUGGS PHOENIX, AZ , US
68298 Tue May 16 10:40:09 EDT 2017 chad fuqua Houston, TX , US
68297 Tue May 16 09:33:33 EDT 2017 Debbie Griffin Windermere, FL , US
68296 Tue May 16 08:55:25 EDT 2017 Barbara Delgado Miami, FL , US
68295 Tue May 16 08:24:55 EDT 2017 Matthew Van Camp Olympia, WA , US
68294 Tue May 16 08:22:25 EDT 2017 liron solomon holon, IL+05 , IL
68293 Tue May 16 06:07:43 EDT 2017 Tammy Nogles Philadelphia , PA , US
68292 Tue May 16 06:04:57 EDT 2017 Jasmin Crossman Hemer, DE+07 , DE
68291 Tue May 16 05:58:59 EDT 2017 Garo Kassabian New York, NY , US
68290 Tue May 16 05:12:19 EDT 2017 C Cechi HC, CA , US
68289 Tue May 16 05:02:53 EDT 2017 Jill Canney Taunton, ot , GB
68288 Tue May 16 05:02:31 EDT 2017 Anonymous Pahrump, NV , US
68287 Tue May 16 04:17:48 EDT 2017 Laura Schwind Rochester, MI , US
68286 Tue May 16 03:48:23 EDT 2017 Elizabeth Conlan Australia Mackay, ot , AU
68285 Tue May 16 03:45:09 EDT 2017 Joan Pool vacaville, CA , US
68284 Tue May 16 03:08:19 EDT 2017 annamarie jones alturas, CA , US
68283 Tue May 16 02:58:10 EDT 2017 Zoe Spiropoulou Haidari, ot , GR
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Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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