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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 68392 signatures
Number Date Name Location
68392 10 hours ago Romney Taylor Cottage Grove, or , US
68391 18 hours ago Anonymous cubjac, FR+97 , FR
68390 20 hours ago Rae T San Francisco, CA , US
68389 2 days ago Julia Dockery Yarnell , AZ , US
68388 2 days ago Julia Dockery Yarnell , AZ , US
68387 3 days ago Kenneth Lapointe Ottawa, ON , CA
68386 3 days ago bernadette cuellar Névian, ot , FR
68385 3 days ago Nicholas Lee South Haven, MI , US
68384 3 days ago Nicole Loh Mayville, WI , SG
68383 3 days ago Celeste Anacker Santa Barbara, CA , US
68382 3 days ago Seb Villani Chula Vista, CA , US
68381 3 days ago JOYCE SHIFFRIN brooklyn, NY , US
68380 3 days ago JOYCE SHIFFRIN brooklyn, NY , US
68379 3 days ago Marcine McBride West Melbourne, FL , US
68378 3 days ago Maxime GUILLAUME Cancale, Bretagne , FR
68377 3 days ago Yohanna Willheim Bronx, NY , US
68376 3 days ago Yohanna Willheim Bronx, NY , US
68375 4 days ago Deborah Petaccio Philadelphia, PA , US
68374 4 days ago Jessica Funston Sparks, NV , US
68373 4 days ago Kim Sellon New Providence, NJ , US
68372 4 days ago Stacey Govito Beaufort, SC , US
68371 4 days ago Destry Govito Beaufort, SC , US
68370 4 days ago Arlene Zuckerman Forest Hills, NY , US
68369 4 days ago laura roetzer St Charles, IL , US
68368 4 days ago sara sexton sanger, TX , US
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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