Rattlesnake roundups are undeniably cruel events . Each year, thousands of rattlesnakes are captured, abused, and killed for entertainment. Roundups began as snake control for farmers, but have evolved into tasteless public spectacles. Help us shut them down.
Collectors from Texas to Pennsylvania pull rattlesnakes from their dens using poles tipped with fishhooks or spray gasoline or other toxins into the dens, poisoning local endangered and threatened wildlife.
Carted to roundups without food or water in dirty, cramped conditions, snakes arrive starved, dehydrated, or crushed. The survivors are used in exhibitions and daredevil acts, and some are decapitated and served up as exotic meat.
People at these spectacles risk snake bites and consuming Salmonella along with their rattlesnake meat.
Rattlesnake roundups are bad for snakes, the environment, and people. Find out if there is one near you.
News & Events
March 9, 2012
The HSUS praised the Evans County Wildlife Club for its compassionate decision to transform its annual Claxton rattlesnake roundup into the Claxton Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival.
September 13, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service immediately listed the southern white rhino as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, giving the species greater protection from poaching. With two or three rhinos poached every day for their horns, conservationists believe that within a few years’ time, there will be no more rhinos in the wild in Africa.
August 27, 2013
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision to keep in place California’s law that bans the sale, trade and possession of shark fins in the state.
August 6, 2013
The Humane Society of the United States Applauds NOAA Decision to Deny Georgia Aquarium Application to Import 18 Wild-Caught Beluga Whales
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, released the following statement praising a decision by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to deny an application to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales for public display at U.S. aquariums.
July 26, 2013
Fourteen major animal welfare, environmental and conservation organizations are applauding Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing into law A.1769b/S.1711b to end New York’s contribution to the dire collapse of shark populations worldwide.