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
68636 Tue Dec 12 08:57:03 EST 2017 Matt Maras Cincinnati, OH , US
68635 Mon Dec 11 02:29:30 EST 2017 Zane Stanfield Waco, TX , US
68634 Sat Dec 09 23:44:00 EST 2017 Teri German Whiteland, IN , US
68633 Fri Dec 08 03:56:16 EST 2017 D. Wiese Jones Wilsonville, OR , US
68632 Thu Dec 07 18:11:53 EST 2017 Janice Banks Center Barnstead, NH , US
68631 Thu Dec 07 16:06:56 EST 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68630 Thu Dec 07 15:35:32 EST 2017 Kerri Bisner Manchester, MA , US
68629 Thu Dec 07 14:21:27 EST 2017 gerrit woudstra lemmer, CA , NL
68628 Wed Dec 06 11:32:14 EST 2017 Sara Meyer California, MD , US
68627 Tue Dec 05 13:52:23 EST 2017 Angelina Coriandoli Montreal, QC , CA
68626 Tue Dec 05 11:53:29 EST 2017 Sandra Backelund Hjo, ot , SE
68625 Mon Dec 04 17:30:49 EST 2017 Nicole Loh Mayville, WI , AF
68624 Mon Dec 04 17:22:50 EST 2017 Nicholas Lee South Haven, MI , US
68623 Mon Dec 04 16:07:11 EST 2017 Jelica Roland Buzet, HR+04 , HR
68622 Mon Dec 04 13:39:03 EST 2017 Karrie Kozak Chalreston, WV , US
68621 Mon Dec 04 11:51:54 EST 2017 dawn king rosedale, MD , US
68620 Sun Dec 03 23:45:06 EST 2017 Yvonne Buoncora Bayside , NY , US
68619 Sat Dec 02 14:20:41 EST 2017 Robin Wilson Oak Park, IL , US
68618 Sat Dec 02 05:15:54 EST 2017 Berry Berkel Frankfurt am Main, ot , DE
68617 Fri Dec 01 07:19:21 EST 2017 Kim Sellon New Providence, NJ , US
68616 Fri Dec 01 06:38:35 EST 2017 Marie Claire DeLuna Fort Atkinson, WI , US
68615 Fri Dec 01 06:23:28 EST 2017 Eugenia Morzenti Milano, ot , IT
68614 Thu Nov 30 23:14:48 EST 2017 Cynthia Hanson Mountain View, CA , US
68613 Thu Nov 30 21:57:41 EST 2017 Jen Lockett Seattle, WA , US
68612 Thu Nov 30 19:40:23 EST 2017 Aviva Shliselberg Pleasant valley , NY , US
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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