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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
68186 Wed Apr 26 21:14:57 EDT 2017 Anonymous Eugene, OR , US
68185 Wed Apr 26 11:05:07 EDT 2017 Roberta Kirkland Auburn , NY , US
68184 Tue Apr 25 21:33:33 EDT 2017 Sheila Sykes-Gatz West Chester, PA , US
68183 Tue Apr 25 16:27:44 EDT 2017 Roberto Penaherrera Seaside, CA , US
68182 Mon Apr 24 20:52:20 EDT 2017 Mariana Gallegos El Paso , TX , US
68181 Mon Apr 24 20:06:40 EDT 2017 Doris Telles Mountain Center, CA , US
68180 Sun Apr 23 05:42:27 EDT 2017 DONNA COCUZZA PORT RICHEY, FL , US
68179 Sat Apr 22 14:18:48 EDT 2017 Bridget Bailey Stafford, VA , US
68178 Sat Apr 22 00:00:23 EDT 2017 Sherry Janetzke Leander, TX , US
68177 Fri Apr 21 23:34:49 EDT 2017 Kristin Womack San Anselmo, CA , US
68176 Fri Apr 21 22:59:07 EDT 2017 MARGARET MADSEN Soquel, CA , US
68175 Fri Apr 21 14:16:46 EDT 2017 Emily Dickinson-Adams Suffield, CT , US
68174 Fri Apr 21 13:04:19 EDT 2017 Judith Sloane Valley Center, CA , US
68173 Fri Apr 21 11:13:02 EDT 2017 sara sexton Sanger, TX , US
68172 Fri Apr 21 09:14:44 EDT 2017 john t guandolo freedom, PA , US
68171 Thu Apr 20 23:18:42 EDT 2017 Casey Ream Eureka, CA , US
68170 Thu Apr 20 22:31:56 EDT 2017 DK Weamer Merriam, KS , US
68169 Thu Apr 20 21:06:42 EDT 2017 ilene kazak Brighton, MI , US
68168 Thu Apr 20 20:37:25 EDT 2017 Kimberly Bayer Toms River, NJ , US
68167 Thu Apr 20 20:14:13 EDT 2017 Jodi Igard Valley village, CA , US
68166 Thu Apr 20 19:55:48 EDT 2017 Ilse Spiegel BROOKLYN, NY, NY , US
68165 Thu Apr 20 19:06:53 EDT 2017 donna ehret Rome, IN , US
68164 Thu Apr 20 18:48:37 EDT 2017 Kevin walsh Madison, CT , US
68163 Thu Apr 20 18:03:56 EDT 2017 kim mckinnon DOSS, TX , US
68162 Thu Apr 20 17:41:35 EDT 2017 Michael Sperr West Palm Beach, FL , US
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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