Rattlesnakes are an integral part of our ecosystems but through poor education and misplaced fears they are often killed. Rattlesnake populations are suffering massive declines across the US due to habitat destruction and humans needlessly killing them. Many states have placed rattlesnakes under protection making it illegal to kill them because of their declining numbers.
Animal Planet, a subsidiary of the Discovery Communications, LLC., blatantly promotes the slaughter of rattlesnakes with their show Rattlesnake Republic. The show follows around a group of rattlesnake hunters that collect the snakes to sell for slaughter. For an organization that is supposed to be devoted to animals this show is a disgusting display of animal exploitation for profit. Animal Planet has sunk to a frightening low in the pursuit of ratings.
Please join me in expressing to Animal Planet and Discovery Communications, LLC. your disgust over the promotion of slaughtering rattlesnakes for profits and ratings. Let’s ask that they remove this terrible show and any other shows like it from their network and promote only programs that focus on education and conservation.
To view the show promoting the slaughter of rattlesnakes for yourself I suggest you visit - http://animal.discovery.com/tv/rattlesnake-republic/