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
68682 Tue Jan 09 10:30:39 EST 2018 Camiel Rodriguez Klamath Falls , OR , US
68681 Tue Jan 09 10:29:56 EST 2018 Patricia Carlton NM, NM , US
68680 Tue Jan 09 09:57:33 EST 2018 Kendra Wilson Los gatos, CA , US
68679 Tue Jan 09 09:57:32 EST 2018 Kendra Wilson Los gatos, CA , US
68678 Tue Jan 09 09:57:21 EST 2018 Kendra Wilson Los gatos, CA , US
68677 Tue Jan 09 07:06:04 EST 2018 Isabel Rupper Versailles, ot , FR
68676 Mon Jan 08 19:11:29 EST 2018 Sue Hall Castro Valley, CA , US
68675 Mon Jan 08 19:10:24 EST 2018 Andrew Philpot Solvang, CA , US
68674 Mon Jan 08 15:43:26 EST 2018 Irene Lutz Santa Clarita, CA , US
68673 Mon Jan 08 15:15:42 EST 2018 Anonymous Las Vegas, NV , US
68672 Mon Jan 08 13:44:09 EST 2018 Cindy Stein Thousand Oaks, CA , US
68671 Mon Jan 08 11:24:14 EST 2018 Karen Toyohara La Mesa, CA , US
68670 Mon Jan 08 10:33:37 EST 2018 Ali Hotmer Pleasanton, CA , US
68669 Mon Jan 08 10:08:24 EST 2018 Joan Pool Vacaville, CA , US
68668 Fri Jan 05 15:54:46 EST 2018 Jillana Laufer Studio City, CA , US
68667 Thu Jan 04 20:08:39 EST 2018 angela St James FL, FL , US
68666 Thu Jan 04 20:07:08 EST 2018 angela St James FL, FL , US
68665 Thu Jan 04 16:18:24 EST 2018 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68664 Thu Jan 04 10:08:12 EST 2018 Jay Bishop Warrenville, IL , US
68663 Mon Jan 01 15:29:07 EST 2018 Janet Hermann-Dougherty West Chester, PA , United States
68662 Sun Dec 31 15:41:30 EST 2017 Jessica Kurose Norwalk, CT , US
68661 Fri Dec 29 11:56:36 EST 2017 Erin Kiesow Plymouth, MI , US
68660 Thu Dec 28 16:16:51 EST 2017 sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68659 Thu Dec 28 15:57:35 EST 2017 Jutta Seidl Alzenau, DE+02 , DE
68658 Wed Dec 27 11:06:39 EST 2017 Margaret Claypool Eastover, SC , US
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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