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.

1-25 of 67930 signatures
Number Date Name Location
67930 1 day ago Marija Minic Las Vegas, NV , US
67929 3 days ago Geneine Payne Canton, GA , US
67928 3 days ago Cherry Clucas Loule, PT+09 , PT
67927 1 week ago Sophie Swirczynski Eugene, OR , US
67926 1 week ago Irena Franchi SIB, FL , US
67925 1 week ago Fernando Pueblo San Diego, CA , US
67924 1 week ago Alisa Adobajor Moscow, RU+48 , RU
67923 1 week ago Matt Maras Cincinnati, OH , US
67922 1 week ago James Sullivan Chicago, IL , US
67921 1 week ago Barry Bennett Fayetteville, AR , US
67920 1 week ago sara sexton TX, TX , US
67919 2 weeks ago Dawn Hostetler Phoenix, AZ , US
67918 3 weeks ago A Martin Texas, TX , US
67917 3 weeks ago Jere Wilkerson Monterey, CA , US
67916 3 weeks ago sara sexton TX, TX , US
67915 3 weeks ago Mariangela Monterisi Bisceglie, ot , IT
67914 3 weeks ago Claire Chambers CA, CA , US
67913 4 weeks ago Tessa Love Oakland, CA , US
67912 4 weeks ago sara sexton TX, TX , US
67911 4 weeks ago Luise Frech Heilbronn, DE+01 , DE
67910 4 weeks ago Samantha Briley Helena, AL , US
67909 4 weeks ago Geniece Medsker Rolla , MO , US
67907 4 weeks ago m. cecilia dallari Modena, ot , IT
67906 4 weeks ago charmaine macdonald None, MA+51 , MA
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Photo of eastern diamondback rattlesnake by D. Bruce Means.

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