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
68521 Fri Oct 20 09:11:51 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68520 Thu Oct 19 15:23:09 EDT 2017 Kerstin Murr immenreuth, DE+02 , DE
68519 Thu Oct 19 07:35:48 EDT 2017 Janet Burrows Clayton, NY , US
68518 Thu Oct 12 22:54:27 EDT 2017 Anonymous Oxford, MS , US
68517 Thu Oct 12 17:45:32 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68516 Thu Oct 12 17:45:25 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68515 Thu Oct 12 17:45:16 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68514 Thu Oct 12 17:45:10 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68513 Thu Oct 12 01:07:31 EDT 2017 Hannah Whitted Aptos, CA , US
68512 Wed Oct 11 15:46:44 EDT 2017 Sandra Richards Sulphur, LA , US
68511 Wed Oct 11 12:35:52 EDT 2017 Larry Grunspan Olathe, KS , US
68510 Tue Oct 10 11:26:10 EDT 2017 Alicia Moreno Other, PA , ES
68509 Sun Oct 08 19:01:26 EDT 2017 Sheila Mandell Fort Lauderdale , FL , US
68508 Thu Oct 05 17:25:33 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68507 Fri Sep 29 15:23:23 EDT 2017 Arnaud Henseval Lille, ot , FR
68506 Thu Sep 28 17:57:24 EDT 2017 Anonymous toronto, ON , CA
68505 Thu Sep 28 17:17:09 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68504 Thu Sep 28 15:30:56 EDT 2017 Helene Szczépaniak Lille, ot , United States
68503 Wed Sep 27 16:13:31 EDT 2017 Veronique Ciesielski FR
68502 Mon Sep 25 19:15:18 EDT 2017 walter erhorn Spring Valley, CA , US
68501 Mon Sep 25 17:31:44 EDT 2017 Bonnie Steiger San Francisco, CA , US
68500 Sun Sep 24 10:27:55 EDT 2017 Anonymous miami, FL , US
68499 Fri Sep 22 11:43:19 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68498 Fri Sep 22 11:16:59 EDT 2017 Alex Howe Williston, VT , US
68497 Wed Sep 20 16:14:31 EDT 2017 Jennifer Midgett Norfolk, VA , US
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Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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