Thousands Of Rattlesnakes Killed In World’s Largest Sweetwater Roundup

Posted: Mar 14 2016, 6:48am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Thousands of Rattlesnakes Killed in World’s Largest Sweetwater Roundup
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  • Many Rattlesnakes killed each Year despite Efforts of Conservationists

Many rattlesnakes are rounded up and killed each year despite the efforts of conservationists to stop this brutal slaughter.

On an annual basis, tens of thousands of rattlesnakes are caught and slaughtered for entertainment’s sake. These rattlesnake roundups are fun events for the entire family.

However, the fact of the matter is that they instigate a cruel streak in mankind. Disrespect of life on the planet is not a worthy goal for human beings. Many rare species of snakes get killed in the bloodbath that occurs annually.

In such states as Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama, the roundups take place each year. Among the snakes that are the target of the killings may be included: western diamondback rattlesnakes and eastern diamondback rattlesnakes.

The snake hunters are paid in accordance with the quantity of snakes they catch. The snakes are caught via a method of pouring petrol into their dens.

This causes pollution which again is not the right thing to do. As for the snakes, they are kept for days on end in a cramped place without food or water of any kind.

By the time they arrive at the slaughtering grounds, they are a mere shadow of their previous selves. Finally, they meet their bloody demise at the end of a gun or machete.

Such animal cruelty and violence is of the sort that is to be found in nightmares. A famous fair is held in Sweetwater, Texas each year and the rattlesnakes get killed en masse there.

Another one used to occur at Claxton, Georgia. However, now that killing does not take place at Claxton due to pressure from conservationists, according to NationalGeopraphic.

Instead a new practice has begun to take root there. The rattlesnakes are kept behind glass enclosures and many wildlife experts point out their features and behavior to those who come to the fair.

This is a much healthier and more natural method of appreciating wildlife than killing it mercilessly. Those who still persist in killing rattlesnakes claim that it is a necessary step in preventing these poisonous reptiles from attacking pets, livestock and people.

However, the fact of the matter is that there are fewer than five deaths in the US each year due to rattlesnake bites. The snakes hardly attack unless provoked.

As for the farm animals, they normally recover from rattlesnake bites without the need for any first aid. There is scientific evidence that rattlesnake roundups merely cater to the sadistic impulses in man. There is no need for them in reality.

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