Center for Biological Diversity

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
67393 Sat Jul 23 09:29:27 EDT 2016 Gabriele Zimmermann Romanshorn, ot , CH
67392 Sat Jul 23 07:46:03 EDT 2016 Maria Fargeorge new haven, CT , US
67391 Sat Jul 23 05:58:57 EDT 2016 Ana Curto lisboa, ot , PT
67390 Fri Jul 22 23:49:39 EDT 2016 Cathy Sullivan Peoria, AZ , US
67389 Fri Jul 22 23:22:02 EDT 2016 debra espinoza el paso, TX , US
67388 Fri Jul 22 21:54:16 EDT 2016 Dawn Carr Charlotte, NC , US
67387 Fri Jul 22 21:40:28 EDT 2016 Cherrie Kerwell Appleton, WI , US
67386 Fri Jul 22 18:44:14 EDT 2016 Rosalie Kowal rio de janeiro, ot , BR
67385 Fri Jul 22 17:49:21 EDT 2016 angela fox desert hot springs, CA , US
67384 Fri Jul 22 16:28:55 EDT 2016 Carrie Moore Oklahoma, OK , US
67383 Fri Jul 22 16:07:01 EDT 2016 josh pucci VA, VA , US
67382 Fri Jul 22 16:02:37 EDT 2016 Stacey Wolfe Lake Shore, MD , US
67381 Fri Jul 22 15:20:20 EDT 2016 Robert Leith Greenville, NC , US
67380 Fri Jul 22 14:44:15 EDT 2016 Karen Neubert LA, CA , US
67379 Fri Jul 22 13:17:42 EDT 2016 jon brock dallas, TX , US
67378 Fri Jul 22 12:49:09 EDT 2016 Amanda Young PC, FL , US
67377 Fri Jul 22 12:07:33 EDT 2016 Melodie Rammer Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA , US
67376 Fri Jul 22 11:48:34 EDT 2016 jole lheureux macomb, MI , US
67375 Fri Jul 22 11:10:20 EDT 2016 Martine Vatant CĂ©rans-Foulletourte, ot , FR
67374 Fri Jul 22 10:29:19 EDT 2016 Evanne Christian Chicago, IL , US
67373 Fri Jul 22 06:41:14 EDT 2016 Kathryn Mosher Eagan, MN , US
67372 Fri Jul 22 05:08:56 EDT 2016 sundriya grubb Seattle, WA , US
67371 Fri Jul 22 04:28:12 EDT 2016 Carlo Zucchi Como, ot , IT
67370 Fri Jul 22 04:26:44 EDT 2016 gregory.a.. clewell seaside heights, NJ , US
67369 Fri Jul 22 04:02:15 EDT 2016 Sandra Edwins Belvedere, SC , US
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Photo of eastern diamondback rattlesnake by D. Bruce Means.

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