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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 68187 signatures
Number Date Name Location
68187 9 hours ago KD Kirkland Cayuga, NY , US
68186 20 hours ago Anonymous Eugene, OR , US
68185 1 day ago Roberta Kirkland Auburn , NY , US
68184 1 day ago Sheila Sykes-Gatz West Chester, PA , US
68183 2 days ago Roberto Penaherrera Seaside, CA , US
68182 3 days ago Mariana Gallegos El Paso , TX , US
68181 3 days ago Doris Telles Mountain Center, CA , US
68179 5 days ago Bridget Bailey Stafford, VA , US
68178 6 days ago Sherry Janetzke Leander, TX , US
68177 6 days ago Kristin Womack San Anselmo, CA , US
68176 6 days ago MARGARET MADSEN Soquel, CA , US
68175 6 days ago Emily Dickinson-Adams Suffield, CT , US
68174 6 days ago Judith Sloane Valley Center, CA , US
68173 6 days ago sara sexton Sanger, TX , US
68172 6 days ago john t guandolo freedom, PA , US
68171 7 days ago Casey Ream Eureka, CA , US
68170 7 days ago DK Weamer Merriam, KS , US
68169 7 days ago ilene kazak brighton, MI , US
68168 7 days ago Kimberly Bayer Toms River, NJ , US
68167 7 days ago Jodi Igard Valley village, CA , US
68166 7 days ago Ilse Spiegel BROOKLYN, NY, NY , US
68165 7 days ago donna ehret Rome, IN , US
68164 7 days ago Kevin walsh Madison, CT , US
68163 7 days ago kim mckinnon DOSS, TX , US
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Please take action by Jan. 25, 2018.

Photo by eastern diamondback rattlesnake courtesy NPS.

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