Snake slaughter Festival in Texas: a spectacle for psychopaths

We all know what a rattlesnake’s “rattle” means — run.

Whether you learned about it from TV or movies, or from real-life experience, you know that this rattle is the precursor to a strike.

But of course, like all wild animals, rattlesnakes lash out at people out of fear — if you leave them alone, they’ll do you the same kindness, and you’ll both be a lot less afraid.

Following this line of thought, a rattlesnake’s “rattle” is really the closest thing it has to a scream.
And at this bloody event in Sweetwater, Texas, the screams are ear-splitting.

Sign the petition imploring the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to cancel the yearly Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup!

This horrific event, which has been going on for over 60 years, is utterly gruesome from start to finish.
First, rattlesnake hunters flush poor, solitary snakes out of their dens by pouring gasoline into them, forcing them to flee or suffocate.

Gassing obviously takes its toll on the snakes, their first of many traumas to come, but it also poisons the land and nearby plants and wildlife. It’s such an environmental hazard that it’s been totally banned in 29 U.S. states.

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Sign the petition and demand that the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department cancel all future Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundups!

And I mean…Is this barbarism real? In the 21st century?
Yes! It is real!
It’s not just real, it’s legal!

For the past 60 years, tens of thousands of visitors have come to the small town for the annual rattlesnake tour every March.
Organized by the Sweetwater Junior Chamber of Commerce, or “Jaycees,” the rattlesnake roundup began as a way to curb rattlesnake populations during the late 1950s.

But what began as a giant, community-wide rattlesnake cull eventually grew into a kind of county fair which especially delights sadists and psychopaths.

Over the course of four days, thousands of snakes are put on display in snake pits, brutally butchered for meat, and sold to bidders who will turn their skins into everything from boots to belts to watch bands.

Even the venom is collected and sold for research.

Snakes are pinned down and decapitated on a woodblock, which does not immediately kill the animal.

Many times it takes them 3 or 4 whacks to completely sever the head, however, this animal still feels pain long after decapitation.
Snakes have a very sensitive nervous system, and can absolutely feel pain.

It’s about money!

It’s become such a tradition, and it brings in a tremendous amount of money to the community. That’s the biggest issue; it’s not more about population control, and it’s not about safety.

It’s about money, and it is a spectacle for sadists and psychopaths!

And we will do everything we can to abolish it.

My best regards to all, Venus


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