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
68471 Sat Aug 05 23:07:22 EDT 2017 Richard Spotts Saint George, UT , US
68470 Fri Aug 04 22:28:49 EDT 2017 Cheryl Walker Pueblo, CO , US
68469 Thu Aug 03 17:05:23 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68468 Tue Aug 01 22:55:19 EDT 2017 Michelle Krueger Merrillville, IN , US
68467 Tue Aug 01 02:39:34 EDT 2017 Michael Wauschek Cerritos , CA , US
68466 Mon Jul 31 15:18:04 EDT 2017 Kathy Casiello Lisle, IL , US
68465 Sun Jul 30 12:55:38 EDT 2017 Marie Alabiso Plymouth, MA , US
68464 Sun Jul 30 12:55:27 EDT 2017 Marie Alabiso Plymouth, MA , US
68463 Thu Jul 27 17:04:32 EDT 2017 Diane Sheheen Lugoff, SC , US
68462 Thu Jul 27 16:59:23 EDT 2017 Jason Phelps Detroit, MI , US
68461 Thu Jul 27 16:39:22 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68460 Thu Jul 27 15:01:23 EDT 2017 Meredith Mohr Elkton, MD , US
68459 Wed Jul 26 15:23:33 EDT 2017 Zachary Finn Anderson, IN , US
68458 Mon Jul 24 22:29:14 EDT 2017 Jacqueline Robinson Powder Springs, GA , US
68457 Mon Jul 24 03:48:30 EDT 2017 willem kom hoogezand, ot , NL
68456 Sun Jul 23 10:38:54 EDT 2017 Ina Kornblum Memmingen , ot , DE
68455 Sun Jul 23 09:34:04 EDT 2017 Alexandr Yantselovskiy Clermont, FL , US
68454 Sun Jul 23 04:22:14 EDT 2017 Petra Egging Arnhem, NE , NL
68453 Fri Jul 21 22:39:47 EDT 2017 Anonymous New Windsor, MD , US
68452 Fri Jul 21 18:59:04 EDT 2017 Linda Prandi Sacramento, CA , US
68451 Fri Jul 21 17:21:17 EDT 2017 Phil Fitzgerald Olathe, KS , US
68450 Fri Jul 21 17:15:24 EDT 2017 Atiye Özcümen Berlin, ot , DE
68449 Fri Jul 21 16:15:29 EDT 2017 emme g ch, CA , US
68448 Fri Jul 21 11:39:25 EDT 2017 Anonymous Richmond Hill, NY , US
68447 Fri Jul 21 11:35:56 EDT 2017 Pat Parkin Hinckley, ot , GB
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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