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.
February 14, 2014
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently seized 2,000 pounds of illegal shark fins from a San Francisco merchant. That merchant is a part of an association whose members sold and distributed shark fins to restaurants and grocery stores and who had sued the State of California challenging the constitutionality of the state’s ban on the sale and trade of shark fins. In the wake of this major bust, the association has voluntarily dismissed its legal challenge.
January 6, 2014
China, the world’s largest market for ivory products, destroyed 6.1 tons of its confiscated stockpile. The momentous event occurred in Guangzhou, a southern port city and main transit and destination point in the global ivory trade.
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.