Rattlesnake round-ups are inhumane events that are still happening in six states; Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. These horrifc events have caused a drastic decline in the rattlesnake population. This not only creates a problem for rattlesnakes, which hold an important role in the foodweb, but also destorys turtle burrows which more than 350 species depend on for food and shelter.
One known place of these round-ups is in Sweetwater Texas. Sweetwater's annual rattlesnake round-up is held each year. This festival is centered around catching as many rattlesnakes possible then storing them in barrels, suffocating them, and spraying them with gasoline until the festival starts where they are then slaughtered by the hundreds. Some popular parts of the event include cutting rattlesnakes heads off, skinning them, and allowing kids to dip their hands in the snakes blood and leave their hand prints along a wall.
In March of 2014 3,890 lbs of rattle snakes were captured and slaughtered at the Sweetwater rattlesnake round-up. What most people don't realize is that rattlesnakes are only a threat to humans when provoked or scared which causes defense strikes. This event is advertised as educational and fun for the whole family but there is NOTHING educational about the slaughtering of thousands of defenseless animals. Please join me in my fight to make this event illegal. Animal cruelty is wrong and its shocking that events like these are still occurring. An animal is an animal no matter what species it is, after all imagine if this was happening to thousands of cats or dogs each year.
We should be teaching our children to respect all life rather than teaching them viciously slaughtering a helpless animal is okay. If we teach our children that this is okay what will they do to humans as they grow up? Please sign my petition to ask the remaining six states to make this illegal and end this disgusting festival that slaughters thousands of innocent snakes each year.
Rattlesnake round-ups are cruel and should be outlawed. Not only are these events cruel and inhumane but they are also causing a decline in the species. While we assume the only animals that are affected by rattlesnake round-ups are rattlesnakes we are actually incorrect. Hunters spray gasoline into tortoise burrows in order to draw out rattlesnakes. This destroys the burrows and often times kills the animals inside. Over 350 species depend on tortoise burrows for food and shelter. Rattlesnake round ups also have an impact on humans. Rattlesnakes bite out of fear and also out of defense. When hunters go to collect snakes for the round-ups they are risking a bite which is known to be fatal. But bites aren't the only thing that has a negative affect on humans. When we hold these events we are teaching our children that its acceptable to abuse and mistreat animals. When children are taught this from a young age it can have negative consequences while growing up such as creating psychopaths because they don't know any better.
Rattlesnakes are just as equal as cats and dogs and deserve equal protection, can you imagine if this was happening to thousands of cats and dogs each year? There would be a public outrage. We are asking you to please put an end to these horrific acts by outlawing rattlesnake round-ups.
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