Texas House Resolution Celebrates Cruelty

jaycees logoThe big news for the Reptile Nation from the Texas legislature so far in 2015  is not big cats or primates, it’s the celebration of the Sweetwater Jaycees cruelty and gore exhibition:  the World’s Largest Rattlesnake Roundup.

On January 28, 2015, Representative Susan L. King (R-Abilene) filed Texas House Resolution 251, “Welcoming the Sweetwater Jaycees to the State Capitol for their Rattlesnake Roundup.”

The Sweetwater Jaycees bring live rattlesnakes to the State Capitol each year to promote the World’s Largest Rattlesnake Roundup.

HR 251 claims that the Sweetwater Jaycees share, “valuable lessons about one
of the Lone Star State’s most feared creatures . . . the Western diamondback rattlesnake.”  It describes the Rattlesnake Roundup as, “a three-day extravaganza originally conceived by a group of area farmers and ranchers plagued by an overpopulation of rattlesnakes.”  HR 251 calls the marketing of the Rattlesnake Roundup at the State Capitol a “fun and informative event” and an “unforgettable presentation.”  HR 251 is intended to be an “expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives” to the Sweetwater Jaycees for their Rattlesnake Roundup.

children skinningThe Rattlesnake Roundup is a gruesome and barbaric celebration of the torture and slaughter of rattlesnakes.  Rattlesnakes are collected for weeks or months prior to the event each year, often by gassing or pouring ammonia into their underground burrows to force the snakes to surface.  These massive collections of snakes impact many other species as well, including bull snakes, gopher snakes and indigo snakes.  The population of the Western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox), although still plentiful, has suffered severe regional declines due to habitat destruction, road traffic, hunting and persecution for rattlesnake roundups.

headlessAt the 2014 event, 3,890 pounds of rattlesnakes were slaughtered.  Children are offered the opportunity to skin a snake, and afterward, press their hands covered with snake blood onto a wall of hand prints.

This is not an educational event.  It is not an enriching activity for families.  It is a lucrative money maker for the state of Texas, blood money that is reaped by teaching children to have a reckless disregard for the lives of animals and the ecology of our planet.

skinning table Texas residents should contact their Representatives and Rep. King and voice their reasoned opposition to HR 251.

Herp Alliance opposes and condemns HR 251.

Contact information for members of the Texas House of Representatives can be found by clicking on this link.




5 thoughts on “Texas House Resolution Celebrates Cruelty”

  1. Stupid people doing stupid things. Don’t think there will not be consequences for such stupidity. May your homes and workplaces become infested with rodents. BECAUSE THERE WILL BE NO MORE SNAKES TO KILL THEM! Stupid people…

  2. Misunderstanding, and fear usually stem from being uneducated. Killing rattlesnake, as a means to educate their existent, is rediculous in its self. They avoid humans, pose no threat if you leave them alone, and help eradicate rodents who carry disease. I’m a Texas resident, and am not too happy about the ignorance being shared upon the uneducated. The plague was from rodents, not snakes. To date there have been less deaths caused by venomous reptiles world wide… A coward kills for joy, and a moron takes offense to anything defending its self, considering it a threat… Like pressing a baby snake is deadlier, or a rattlesnake is poisonous. Proportion of venom is equal to venom gland size, as the venoms potency is the very same per age. As you will notice, I said venom… This is just one reason why most people stereotype Texans as being big dumb rednecks… Good goin there…

  3. There is no reason to hunt these creatures. Other animals are also killed during these hunts. Don’t teach children that animals are to be killed for fun. Our environment requires snakes to keep rodents and other fast breeding animals in check in a natural way. There is nothing natural about a rattlesnake hunt.

  4. God will handle this. These are his creatures and karma will bite back. Satan has these people’s minds twisted. They will have consequences sooner rather than later. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin needs to teach these folks a lesson. :);)

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