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 68479 signatures
Number Date Name Location
68479 1 day ago sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68478 2 days ago Chad Lewis IL ,
68477 2 days ago Anonymous Woodbury, MN , US
68476 3 days ago gregory lewis spring hill, US
68475 4 days ago Kalli Doubleday AUSTIN, TX , US
68474 5 days ago Roselle Gaybbit kazan, RU+91 , RU
68473 1 week ago Maurice Grefe Bronx, NY , US
68472 1 week ago Min. Christine Gelabert Uniondale , NY , US
68471 1 week ago Richard Spotts Saint George, UT , US
68470 2 weeks ago Cheryl Walker Pueblo, CO , US
68469 2 weeks ago sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68468 2 weeks ago Michelle Krueger Merrillville, IN , US
68467 3 weeks ago Michael Wauschek Cerritos , CA , US
68466 3 weeks ago Kathy Casiello Lisle, IL , US
68465 3 weeks ago Marie Alabiso Plymouth, MA , US
68464 3 weeks ago Marie Alabiso Plymouth, MA , US
68463 3 weeks ago Diane Sheheen Lugoff, SC , US
68462 3 weeks ago Jason Phelps Detroit, MI , US
68461 3 weeks ago sara sexton sanger, TX , US
68460 3 weeks ago Meredith Mohr Elkton, MD , US
68459 3 weeks ago Zachary Finn Anderson, IN , US
68458 4 weeks ago Jacqueline Robinson Powder Springs, GA , US
68457 4 weeks ago willem kom hoogezand, ot , NL
68456 4 weeks ago Ina Kornblum Memmingen , ot , DE
68455 4 weeks ago Alexandr Yantselovskiy Clermont, FL , US
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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