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
68497 Wed Sep 20 16:14:31 EDT 2017 Jenn Midgett Norfolk, VA , US
68496 Sun Sep 17 19:13:22 EDT 2017 Aashir Awan Plainsboro , NJ , US
68495 Sat Sep 16 10:18:04 EDT 2017 Mary Dohaney Ponte Vedra, FL , US
68494 Fri Sep 15 21:46:34 EDT 2017 Seb Villani Chula Vista, CA , US
68493 Fri Sep 15 17:05:51 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68492 Thu Sep 14 16:29:46 EDT 2017 Babette Bruton Gulfport, CA , US
68491 Mon Sep 11 18:18:16 EDT 2017 CADEE MURRAY LA VERGNE, TN , US
68490 Thu Sep 07 16:36:45 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68489 Thu Sep 07 12:03:00 EDT 2017 Amy Lewis WARRENVILLE, IL , US
68488 Mon Sep 04 16:02:20 EDT 2017 Theresa Fassett williamstown, VT , US
68487 Mon Sep 04 15:33:08 EDT 2017 Theresa Fassett williamstown, VT , US
68486 Mon Sep 04 06:05:25 EDT 2017 Greg Onsel Arlington, WA , US
68485 Fri Sep 01 18:42:20 EDT 2017 Jamie Fillmore Portland, OR , US
68484 Fri Sep 01 17:30:48 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68483 Tue Aug 29 02:59:57 EDT 2017 JUNE CAMPBELL Tucson, AZ , US
68482 Tue Aug 29 00:36:48 EDT 2017 Stacie Groll Littleton, CO , US
68481 Tue Aug 29 00:35:31 EDT 2017 Stacie Groll Littleton, CO , US
68480 Thu Aug 24 16:49:53 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68479 Thu Aug 17 16:49:53 EDT 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68478 Wed Aug 16 18:15:14 EDT 2017 Chad Lewis IL ,
68477 Wed Aug 16 12:57:58 EDT 2017 Anonymous Woodbury, MN , US
68476 Wed Aug 16 10:52:27 EDT 2017 gregory lewis spring hill, US
68475 Mon Aug 14 14:42:15 EDT 2017 Kalli Doubleday AUSTIN, TX , US
68474 Mon Aug 14 05:03:03 EDT 2017 Roselle Gaybbit kazan, RU+91 , RU
68473 Wed Aug 09 17:03:33 EDT 2017 Maurice Grefe Bronx, NY , US
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Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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