Target: Jim McKenzie, Mayor of Sweetwater, Texas
Goal: End the annual rattlesnake slaughtering festival.
Every year, a snake slaughtering festival is held in Texas where thousands of rattlesnakes are brutally killed while adults and children watch. The event is utterly barbaric, and it is time to stop this cruelty.
The snakes are rounded up by pouring gasoline into their dens so that they are unable to breath. Once they are caught, they typically spend a couple weeks in boxes, with no food or water, until it is time for the festival. At the festival, the snakes are thrown into overcrowded pits, poked and prodded, forced to extract venom, decapitated and then skinned. The rattling noise, which snakes make when they are scared and fear death, is overwhelming during the festival.
The festival claims that this is done in order to control rattlesnake populations, but there is no science to back up whether or not rattlesnakes are overpopulated or if this is an effective method of population control. Sign this petition to demand that this barbaric tradition end.
Dear Mayor McKenzie,
Every year, your town of Sweetwater, Texas hosts a rattlesnake slaughtering festival. During this barbaric event, children watch and participate in killing and skinning the snakes. The festival claims that this is done to control the population, however there is no science to suggest that rattlesnakes are overpopulated or that this is an effective means of population control. It is time to stop this unnecessary cruelty.
During the festival, the sound of rattles is overwhelming. Rattlesnakes make this noise when they are scared and fear death. During the festival, the snakes are packed into overcrowded pits, are poked and prodded, forced to extract venom and decapitated. Since snakes have a slow metabolism, decapitation does not automatically kill them and they are often able to feel pain for some time after.
Please put an end to this cruel spectacle. There is no science backing the reasons for this slaughter, and it seems to be mostly about profit. No animal should be tortured and killed for human greed.
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