WARNING: the following video is graphic and violent – it shows what happens at a rattlesnake roundup.
Science does not support claims that roundups are required to prevent rattlesnake overpopulation. Like other wild animals with natural predators, snake populations are maintained by prey abundance (rodents) and levels of predation and disease. Unlike traditional game hunting, there is no monitoring or reporting to regulate this slaughter of snakes, which has likely contributed to the decline in some rattlesnake species (learn more).
Concurrently, the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup collected and slaughtered a record number of snakes, more than 21,000.
MORE THAN 21,000 RATTLESNAKES WERE SLAUGHTERED AT A SINGLE ROUNDUP.
Our work here has only just begun.
Most are still unaware of what happens at rattlesnake roundups, that they are based on misinformation, that rattlesnakes do not deserve this treatment, and that there are alternatives that do not harm wildlife or local economies that depend on these festivals.
So ASP is joining forces with independent filmmaker Jeremy Pelsinski to produce a feature-length documentary: Rounding Up Sweetwater. This film will debunk both the pseudo-science used to justify roundups as well as negative stereotypes about rattlesnakes used to demonize them. But perhaps most importantly, we will show there’s a better way, that it is possible to stop slaughtering snakes without losing their festivals or the income they generate.