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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
68365 Thu Jun 22 04:45:28 EDT 2017 Bai lu Olive Cape Town, CA , ZA
68364 Sat Jun 17 15:11:17 EDT 2017 Randall Scott Clemons Ackson, KY , US
68363 Sat Jun 17 15:11:14 EDT 2017 Randall Scott Clemons Ackson, KY , US
68362 Fri Jun 16 19:47:19 EDT 2017 Lasha Wells Saint Petersburg, FL , US
68361 Fri Jun 16 17:35:58 EDT 2017 Art Van Kampen Los Angeles, CA , US
68360 Fri Jun 16 17:26:08 EDT 2017 Jaime Nahman Topanga, CA , US
68359 Fri Jun 16 17:19:42 EDT 2017 Jaime Nahman Topanga, CA , US
68358 Fri Jun 16 12:38:52 EDT 2017 Shira Miess La Mirada, CA , US
68357 Thu Jun 15 17:23:04 EDT 2017 sara sexton Sanger, TX , US
68356 Thu Jun 15 16:04:05 EDT 2017 Anne Bumbak Mayfield Heights, OH , US
68355 Thu Jun 15 08:33:15 EDT 2017 Isaiah Laitinen Pulaski, WI , US
68354 Wed Jun 14 23:55:09 EDT 2017 Rishabh Sen San Jose, CA , US
68353 Wed Jun 14 21:39:28 EDT 2017 Mary Kurtnick Fort Worth, TX , US
68352 Wed Jun 14 20:55:07 EDT 2017 Erika Boka King George , VA , US
68351 Wed Jun 14 01:03:05 EDT 2017 Claire Chambers Murrieta, CA , US
68350 Tue Jun 13 16:50:19 EDT 2017 Linda Prandi Sacramento, CA , US
68349 Mon Jun 12 13:27:03 EDT 2017 Marie Maciel Bridgewater, NJ , US
68348 Mon Jun 12 12:16:33 EDT 2017 Alyson Hudson Columbia, MD , US
68347 Sun Jun 11 17:51:11 EDT 2017 Bonnie Steiger San Francisco, CA , US
68346 Sat Jun 10 14:04:38 EDT 2017 Dannielle Farr Vassar, MI , US
68345 Fri Jun 09 17:30:42 EDT 2017 Shannon Marshall San Jose, CA , US
68344 Fri Jun 09 14:31:47 EDT 2017 PE Ellison Endicott, NY , US
68343 Fri Jun 09 13:38:34 EDT 2017 Dirk Reed Soquel, CA , US
68342 Fri Jun 09 12:11:15 EDT 2017 Louisa Parks Oakland, CA , US
68341 Thu Jun 08 23:01:08 EDT 2017 Farzin Shokooh Danville, CA , US
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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