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.

1-25 of 68636 signatures
Number Date Name Location
68636 4 hours ago Matt Maras Cincinnati, OH , US
68635 1 day ago Zane Stanfield Waco, TX , US
68634 3 days ago Teri German Whiteland, IN , US
68633 4 days ago D. Wiese Jones Wilsonville, OR , US
68632 5 days ago Janice Banks Center Barnstead, NH , US
68631 5 days ago sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68630 5 days ago Kerri Bisner Manchester, MA , US
68629 5 days ago gerrit woudstra lemmer, CA , NL
68628 6 days ago Sara Meyer California, MD , US
68627 7 days ago Angelina Coriandoli Montreal, QC , CA
68626 1 week ago Sandra Backelund Hjo, ot , SE
68625 1 week ago Nicole Loh Mayville, WI , AF
68624 1 week ago Nicholas Lee South Haven, MI , US
68623 1 week ago Jelica Roland Buzet, HR+04 , HR
68622 1 week ago Karrie Kozak Chalreston, WV , US
68621 1 week ago dawn king rosedale, MD , US
68620 1 week ago Yvonne Buoncora Bayside , NY , US
68619 1 week ago Robin Wilson Oak Park, IL , US
68618 1 week ago Berry Berkel Frankfurt am Main, ot , DE
68617 1 week ago Kim Sellon New Providence, NJ , US
68616 1 week ago Marie Claire DeLuna Fort Atkinson, WI , US
68615 1 week ago Eugenia Morzenti Milano, ot , IT
68614 1 week ago Cynthia Hanson Mountain View, CA , US
68613 1 week ago Jen Lockett Seattle, WA , US
68612 1 week ago Aviva Shliselberg Pleasant valley , NY , US
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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