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
68588 Wed Nov 22 17:52:34 EST 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68587 Wed Nov 22 17:18:11 EST 2017 Pamela Lambert Windsor, CO , US
68586 Tue Nov 21 17:29:24 EST 2017 Erika Boka King george, VA , US
68585 Tue Nov 21 17:29:18 EST 2017 Erika Boka King george, VA , US
68584 Sat Nov 18 13:47:14 EST 2017 Madeleine Gläser Pfreimd , ot , DE
68583 Fri Nov 17 12:13:39 EST 2017 Rhonda Rivera Albuquerque, NM , US
68582 Thu Nov 16 14:20:31 EST 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68581 Fri Nov 10 22:24:26 EST 2017 Carolyn Borg Saint George, UT , US
68580 Fri Nov 10 10:41:09 EST 2017 Laurie Izzo North Haven , CT , US
68579 Thu Nov 09 13:50:38 EST 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68578 Wed Nov 08 08:35:14 EST 2017 Sigrid Dr. Neef Beverungen, DE , DE
68577 Tue Nov 07 17:05:36 EST 2017 Marion Schorr Kelmis, ot , BE
68576 Tue Nov 07 12:21:16 EST 2017 Anna Diesenbacher Bad Soden , ot , DE
68575 Tue Nov 07 11:18:11 EST 2017 rudolf mühl michekstadt, ot , DE
68574 Tue Nov 07 04:05:21 EST 2017 Sigrid Spichal Sand Springs, MT , DE
68573 Tue Nov 07 02:49:54 EST 2017 Janina Grage Herne, DE+07 , DE
68572 Mon Nov 06 23:43:01 EST 2017 Inge Stadler Hilpoltstein, ot , DE
68571 Mon Nov 06 23:04:32 EST 2017 Rolf Mense Puerto Lumbreras, AL , ES
68570 Mon Nov 06 13:54:20 EST 2017 S. Andregg Emeryville, CA , US
68569 Mon Nov 06 12:03:29 EST 2017 Michael White Los Angeles, CA , US
68568 Sat Nov 04 17:32:23 EDT 2017 Jeannette Radford Bristol, IN , US
68567 Sat Nov 04 08:48:07 EDT 2017 Barbara Delgado Miami, FL , US
68566 Fri Nov 03 21:36:08 EDT 2017 Isabelle Zomer Muntendam, ot , NL
68565 Fri Nov 03 17:34:54 EDT 2017 Ari Schwartz Teaneck, NJ , US
68564 Fri Nov 03 15:56:50 EDT 2017 Anonymous Eureka, CA , US
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Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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