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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
67526 Sat Jan 21 04:29:52 EST 2017 Tom Canning Calabasas, CA , US
67525 Sat Jan 21 00:04:37 EST 2017 Kathleen Lewis Kiowa, CO , United States
67524 Fri Jan 20 17:40:28 EST 2017 Jeannette Welling California, CA , US
67523 Fri Jan 20 15:56:09 EST 2017 André Henrique Bacci Cambuquira, Minas Gerais , BR
67522 Fri Jan 20 13:12:37 EST 2017 Cj Gainer Washington, WA , US
67521 Fri Jan 20 10:54:38 EST 2017 pille francois aulnay, FR+A8 , FR
67520 Fri Jan 20 00:28:29 EST 2017 michele rule concord, NH , US
67519 Thu Jan 19 15:48:10 EST 2017 sara sexton TX, TX , US
67518 Thu Jan 19 15:05:48 EST 2017 michael hughes Paradise Valley, AZ , US
67517 Thu Jan 19 13:36:25 EST 2017 Margaret Tollner Lakewood, CA , US
67516 Thu Jan 19 11:18:01 EST 2017 Karen King London, ON , CA
67515 Wed Jan 18 21:56:35 EST 2017 mauricio carvajal Santiago, ot , CL
67514 Tue Jan 17 22:50:23 EST 2017 Jacki Hileman Hesperia, CA , US
67513 Tue Jan 17 19:21:47 EST 2017 Jamie Conrad San Leandro, CA , US
67512 Tue Jan 17 17:41:39 EST 2017 Pam Shaouy Woodstock, GA , US
67511 Tue Jan 17 17:18:48 EST 2017 Jackie Bear Los Angeles, CA , US
67510 Tue Jan 17 12:42:46 EST 2017 kajsa ingelsson west h0llywod, CA , US
67509 Tue Jan 17 11:52:44 EST 2017 Michelle Carter San Francisco, CA , US
67508 Tue Jan 17 02:30:17 EST 2017 glenn Mullins Buena Park , CA , US
67507 Mon Jan 16 23:23:28 EST 2017 Anonymous South Gate, CA , US
67506 Mon Jan 16 21:22:11 EST 2017 william lawson Calimesa, CA , US
67505 Mon Jan 16 19:53:55 EST 2017 Seb Villani Chula Vista, CA , US
67504 Mon Jan 16 18:58:54 EST 2017 Lori Danko Hatboro, PA , US
67503 Mon Jan 16 18:50:35 EST 2017 Jennifer Hayes Modesto, CA , US
67502 Mon Jan 16 18:23:54 EST 2017 Laura Newton Cathedral City, CA , US
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Please take action by Feb. 12, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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