Stop the Mass Slaughter of Rattlesnakes at Festival

Target: Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas

Goal: Put an end to a cruel snake slaughtering event at an annual festival.

For the 60th year, people will flock to Sweetwater, Texas to witness a bloody spectacle in which thousands of rattlesnakes held in a pit will be beheaded and skinned before their eyes. There is no reason behind this senseless killing, and it is time that this sick festival be brought at last to an end.

The Sweetwater Jaycees Festival, held by the United States Junior Chamber, says that its so-called Rattlesnake Roundup is necessary to control the “enormous snake populations” found in and around Sweetwater. However, there is no scientific backing to these claims, and once these snakes are captured, they are kept in tiny boxes without food for weeks while they await their ultimate demise during the festival’s main event.

While the event organizers claim that the festival provides a necessary boost to the local economy each year, there must be a way to encourage tourism to the area without the torturing and killing of innocent snakes. Sign this petition to demand that the Rattlesnake Roundup be ended once and for all.


Dear Governor Abbott,

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first Rattlesnake Roundup held in Sweetwater, Texas. Each year since then, thousands of snakes have died during a senseless bloodbath as part of the Sweetwater Jaycees Festival. It far past time that this sick tradition be brought to an end.

Rattlesnakes are a natural part of the environment in Texas and do not need to be ‘controlled’ through mass roundups or killings. They do not deserve to be beheaded alive and skinned for the enjoyment of onlookers. That is why we urge you to intervene and tell the event organizers that this barbaric mass slaughter has no place in the 21st century.


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  1. Governor Abbott, People may not care for Rattlesnakes, but like you and I they have a right to live on planet earth! Stop your mass slaughter NOW! Show some compassion and a heart if there is one in you!


  3. This is a totally barbaric disgusting
    unnecessary slaughtering of Gods creatures. They do not deserve this.
    Please BAN it and jail any people that do not abide by your laws.
    Thank you.

  4. D. Farrimond says:

    Charge the ringleaders with Fauna offences – Shouldn’t be too hard to catch them in the act ??

  5. If this is what draws tourists to Texas then these people are as sick as you are!!!
    Texas is a dreadful place full of dreadful, unintelligent, heartless people and this proves it!!!

  6. Tina shurtleff says:

    Another ignorant senselessl event for the entertainment of morons. No wonder our children are growing up to have no compassion or empathy. They learn it from their parents and leaders.

  7. Jacqui Skill says:

    What the hell is wrong with theses people!? No regard for life and they have sick desires to see bloody violence and creatures being hurt!! I am so fed up with these barbarians!

  8. Jacqui Skill says:

    And to bring children to this and teach them violence and disregard for life is absolutely criminal and sick!

  9. I don’t much care for snakes of any variety,but usually if you leave them alone, they’ll return the favor. Just live& let live.

  10. Patricia Dumais says:

    This is no example for children. It just incites violence!

  11. Agree all comments . Round up all animal abusers do it to them .

  12. Even the rattlesnake is part of God’s creation – shame on you all.
    May God punish your actions!

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