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 65396 signatures
Number Date Name Location
65396 7 hours ago Karenna Love Mill Valley, CA , US
65395 17 hours ago Sandra flemisch Dossenheim , ot , DE
65394 1 day ago Audrey Vales Sèvres, ot , FR
65393 1 day ago Carol Garde Sunrise, FL , US
65392 1 day ago Karenna Love Mill Valley, CA , US
65391 1 day ago kent lennox san francisco, CA , US
65390 1 day ago Berry Berkel Wiesbaden, ot , DE
65389 1 day ago Isaac Wollman San Luis Obispo, CA , US
65388 3 days ago Margherita Montanari Florence, ot , IT
65387 3 days ago terri pigford OH, OH , US
65386 3 days ago MERI ROEDER WI, WI , US
65385 3 days ago Rebecca Harper California, CA , US
65384 3 days ago myra berario castaic, CA , US
65383 3 days ago wendy van oosterwijck niel, ot , BE
65382 3 days ago judye houle crestline, CA , US
65381 3 days ago Liz Wijk Ostmark, ot , SE
65380 3 days ago wanda abel lacrescent, MN , US
65379 3 days ago Megan Bornman Sandton, ot , ZA
65378 3 days ago Anonymous Fort Worth, TX , US
65377 3 days ago Kate Ionina Redmond, WA , US
65376 3 days ago Petri Winberry Arlington, VA , US
65375 3 days ago Dolores Bonanno Town:Birkirkara, ot , MT
65374 3 days ago Maria Garcia State *, ot , MX
65373 3 days ago Gregg Johnson San Jose, CA , US
65372 3 days ago Claudia Reed FL, FL , US
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Learn more about the Center's work to outlaw rattlesnake roundups.

Please take action by Jan. 13, 2017.

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Photo of eastern diamondback rattlesnake by D. Bruce Means.

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