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
67829 Tue Sep 27 22:49:19 EDT 2016 Anonymous Indianapolis, IN , US
67828 Tue Sep 27 19:03:15 EDT 2016 C Brown Scotch Plains, NJ , US
67827 Mon Sep 26 18:09:05 EDT 2016 Anonymous Walnut Creek, CA , US
67826 Mon Sep 26 12:20:43 EDT 2016 sara sexton TX, TX , US
67825 Sun Sep 25 12:41:57 EDT 2016 Lilly Kohler Reichenhall, ot , DE
67824 Sat Sep 24 17:30:14 EDT 2016 Jacqueline O'Connor Sierra Vista, CA , US
67823 Sat Sep 24 13:17:06 EDT 2016 David Ramirez Sugar Land , TX , US
67822 Sat Sep 24 09:52:16 EDT 2016 Karin Vargad Maywood , NJ , US
67821 Fri Sep 23 21:17:11 EDT 2016 Leslie Dee Savage, MN , US
67820 Fri Sep 23 21:15:19 EDT 2016 Andy Dee Savage, MN , US
67819 Thu Sep 22 23:56:39 EDT 2016 Jerri Jarvis PA, PA , US
67818 Thu Sep 22 21:47:20 EDT 2016 Gene and Dori Peters Sun City, AZ , US
67817 Thu Sep 22 06:11:14 EDT 2016 Audrey Farrelly London , ot , GB
67816 Thu Sep 22 00:40:20 EDT 2016 carrie thompson tres piedras, NM , US
67815 Wed Sep 21 17:06:04 EDT 2016 Andrew Sulay Dnipropetrovsk, ot , UA
67814 Wed Sep 21 16:33:33 EDT 2016 Kelly Lund Malmö, ot , SE
67813 Wed Sep 21 12:34:35 EDT 2016 Michelle Dufficy Ghent, NY , US
67812 Tue Sep 20 14:02:45 EDT 2016 Toni Solano Fort Worth, TX , US
67811 Tue Sep 20 14:02:33 EDT 2016 Toni Solano Fort Worth, TX , US
67810 Tue Sep 20 06:16:04 EDT 2016 Eileen Wunderlich Houston, TX , US
67809 Tue Sep 20 00:24:45 EDT 2016 Lorien Dancer Lakewood, CO , US
67808 Mon Sep 19 17:39:53 EDT 2016 Dennis Kaplan Ohio, OH , US
67807 Mon Sep 19 13:48:36 EDT 2016 Bonnie Zotos Huntley, IL , US
67806 Sun Sep 18 11:40:41 EDT 2016 Debbie Neimark Chicago, IL , US
67805 Sat Sep 17 17:42:29 EDT 2016 Fernando Pueblo San Diego, CA , US
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Photo of eastern diamondback rattlesnake by D. Bruce Means.

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