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
65401 Wed Jun 29 20:31:30 EDT 2016 Marcelo Thurman Chicago, IL , US
65400 Wed Jun 29 18:02:52 EDT 2016 Sunny Roberts Austin, TX , US
65399 Wed Jun 29 14:29:09 EDT 2016 Andrew Weaver CA, CA , US
65398 Wed Jun 29 12:17:43 EDT 2016 Anonymous east, PA , US
65397 Wed Jun 29 11:37:53 EDT 2016 Bonnie Svec MD, MD , US
65396 Mon Jun 27 00:22:50 EDT 2016 Karenna Love Mill Valley, CA , US
65395 Sun Jun 26 14:24:02 EDT 2016 Sandra flemisch Dossenheim , ot , DE
65394 Sun Jun 26 07:05:37 EDT 2016 Audrey Vales Sèvres, ot , FR
65393 Sun Jun 26 07:05:17 EDT 2016 Carol Garde Sunrise, FL , US
65392 Sun Jun 26 01:23:39 EDT 2016 Karenna Love Mill Valley, CA , US
65391 Sat Jun 25 21:27:52 EDT 2016 kent lennox san francisco, CA , US
65390 Sat Jun 25 13:04:28 EDT 2016 Berry Berkel Wiesbaden, ot , DE
65389 Sat Jun 25 09:52:24 EDT 2016 Isaac Wollman San Luis Obispo, CA , US
65388 Fri Jun 24 15:21:28 EDT 2016 Margherita Montanari Florence, ot , IT
65387 Fri Jun 24 15:11:49 EDT 2016 terri pigford OH, OH , US
65386 Fri Jun 24 12:37:29 EDT 2016 MERI ROEDER WI, WI , US
65385 Fri Jun 24 12:19:05 EDT 2016 Rebecca Harper California, CA , US
65384 Fri Jun 24 03:30:31 EDT 2016 myra berario castaic, CA , US
65383 Fri Jun 24 03:02:11 EDT 2016 wendy van oosterwijck niel, ot , BE
65382 Fri Jun 24 01:42:24 EDT 2016 judye houle crestline, CA , US
65381 Fri Jun 24 01:11:24 EDT 2016 Liz Wijk Ostmark, ot , SE
65380 Fri Jun 24 01:04:39 EDT 2016 wanda abel lacrescent, MN , US
65379 Fri Jun 24 00:46:09 EDT 2016 Megan Bornman Sandton, ot , ZA
65378 Fri Jun 24 00:38:49 EDT 2016 Anonymous Fort Worth, TX , US
65377 Thu Jun 23 23:38:54 EDT 2016 Kate Ionina Redmond, WA , US
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Photo of eastern diamondback rattlesnake by D. Bruce Means.

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