Target: Chairman Dan Allen Hughes Jr.
Goal: Ban the practice of gassing rattlesnakes in the state of Texas
In the state of Texas, where rattlesnakes are abundant in rural areas, snake hunters have used gas fumes to flush out the snakes from their dens. This practice has been used for decades, and animal conservationists are pushing for an immediate ban, since this technique hurts the environment, the snakes, and other surrounding wildlife living in the burrows. You can support the ban by signing below.
Gassing, which is the pumping of gas fumes into a snake den to lure snakes out, has sparked outrage in animal conservationists and reptile researchers. Spraying of toxic fumes have consequences in the surrounding environment and other wildlife. It is also deemed inhumane and cruel to the snake. Supporters of this ban include not only conservationists and researchers, but from zoologists around the country and the state’s wildlife agency. Opponents to the ban claim that gassing rattlesnakes protect their families and help their local communities thrive.
One event, the rattlesnake roundup, drives the economy of the town of Sweetwater. The roundup is supplied by rattlesnake wrangles who use gassing to retrieve their prey, and as much as four thousand pounds of rattlesnakes are collected for the event. The money from this 56-year-old tradition is used to finance community projects, feed needy families on Thanksgiving, and purchase equipment for the fire department, and help local students.
However, as much as the event benefits the community, gassing heavily impacts the environment and wildlife. A study found that a 30 minute vapor exposure impaired or killed seven species of snakes, toads, and lizards. The ban was already implemented in other states like Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Yes rattlesnakes are dangerous and pose a threat, but it is inhumane to flush them out with toxic fumes and harm the nearby environment. Sign this petition and urge the state’s Parks and Wildlife department to implement this ban.
Dear Chairman Dan Allen Hughes Jr.,
I am writing to express my support for the ban of gassing in the state of Texas. This technique of flushing out snakes from their burrows is inhumane and harms the surrounding environment and nearby wildlife. A recent study found that a 30 minute exposure to the vapors will impair or even kill several species of snakes, lizards, and toads. Surely you cannot find this practice acceptable?
Several other states who share your borders have implemented this ban, understanding that it is cruel to subject a living creature to toxic fumes. I understand the rattlesnakes are dangerous and post a threat to other living creatures, but they do not deserve to be gassed out of their homes. I implore you to implement this ban for the sole purpose of protecting the snakes from cruelty.
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