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
68707 Tue Jan 16 02:49:28 EST 2018 desanka sandulovic belgrade, ot , SP
68706 Mon Jan 15 18:33:53 EST 2018 Helen Michailidou None, ot , GR
68705 Mon Jan 15 14:00:44 EST 2018 irene sette New Milford, NJ , US
68704 Mon Jan 15 01:02:37 EST 2018 Kindall Brijalba Flower Mound, TX , US
68703 Sun Jan 14 18:24:42 EST 2018 Virginia Parry Monclova, OH , United States
68702 Sun Jan 14 18:24:17 EST 2018 Virginia Parry Monclova, OH , United States
68701 Sun Jan 14 16:52:14 EST 2018 Natalia Urmakova St.-Petersburg, ot , RU
68700 Sun Jan 14 14:04:36 EST 2018 pierre pino Mount Aetna, PA , SE
68699 Sun Jan 14 11:24:57 EST 2018 Bo Dhi Tuebingen, ot , DE
68698 Sun Jan 14 01:06:54 EST 2018 Tracey DeFratus Lufkin, TX , US
68697 Sun Jan 14 00:11:28 EST 2018 Marina Verrilli Armonk, NY , US
68696 Sat Jan 13 17:41:20 EST 2018 Conn Griffin Yorkville, IL , US
68695 Sat Jan 13 16:14:11 EST 2018 Anonymous Port Charlotte, FL , US
68694 Fri Jan 12 15:42:06 EST 2018 Adil Mehta Chatsworth, CA , US
68693 Fri Jan 12 12:52:05 EST 2018 Marcia Bailey Dunedin, FL , US
68692 Thu Jan 11 22:40:58 EST 2018 Cody Phelps Hacienda Heights , CA , US
68691 Thu Jan 11 17:02:34 EST 2018 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68690 Thu Jan 11 16:44:52 EST 2018 Brenda Hartman Reading, PA , US
68689 Thu Jan 11 16:37:44 EST 2018 walter erhorn spring valley, CA , US
68688 Wed Jan 10 23:04:35 EST 2018 Darlene Orr Columbia, MD , US
68687 Wed Jan 10 11:22:36 EST 2018 Joy Knobloch Joliet, IL , US
68686 Wed Jan 10 09:41:40 EST 2018 bobbette bross Missouri, MO , US
68685 Wed Jan 10 08:05:02 EST 2018 TINA REILLY BRADFORD, GB+45 , GB
68684 Wed Jan 10 00:17:08 EST 2018 Patricia Marlatt Los Angeles, CA , US
68683 Tue Jan 09 19:29:46 EST 2018 Nancy Johnson Collins, IA , US
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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