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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 67526 signatures
Number Date Name Location
67526 18 hours ago Tom Canning Calabasas, CA , US
67525 23 hours ago Kathleen Lewis Kiowa, CO , United States
67524 1 day ago Jeannette Welling California, CA , US
67523 1 day ago André Henrique Bacci Cambuquira, Minas Gerais , BR
67522 1 day ago Cj Gainer Washington, WA , US
67521 1 day ago pille francois aulnay, FR+A8 , FR
67520 1 day ago michele rule concord, NH , US
67519 2 days ago sara sexton TX, TX , US
67518 2 days ago michael hughes Paradise Valley, AZ , US
67517 2 days ago Margaret Tollner Lakewood, CA , US
67516 2 days ago Karen King London, ON , CA
67515 3 days ago mauricio carvajal Santiago, ot , CL
67514 4 days ago Jacki Hileman Hesperia, CA , US
67513 4 days ago Jamie Conrad San Leandro, CA , US
67512 4 days ago Pam Shaouy Woodstock, GA , US
67511 4 days ago Jackie Bear Los Angeles, CA , US
67510 4 days ago kajsa ingelsson west h0llywod, CA , US
67509 4 days ago Michelle Carter San Francisco, CA , US
67508 5 days ago glenn Mullins Buena Park , CA , US
67507 5 days ago Anonymous South Gate, CA , US
67506 5 days ago william lawson Calimesa, CA , US
67505 5 days ago Seb Villani Chula Vista, CA , US
67504 5 days ago Lori Danko Hatboro, PA , US
67503 5 days ago Jennifer Hayes Modesto, CA , US
67502 5 days ago Laura Newton Cathedral City, CA , US
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Please take action by Feb. 12, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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