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PETITION TARGET: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

This sick, barbaric festival encourages children to behead helpless rattlesnakes and paint with their blood.

The Rattlesnake Roundup, a three-day event in Sweetwater, Texas, consists of capturing the innocent animals from their homes and torturing them as a form of entertainment, which eventually ends in the brutal massacre of hundreds of snakes.

During the Miss Snake Charmer pageant, teenage beauty queen contestants take turns decapitating the pinned-down reptiles. Attendees, including children, can pay a fee to skin a rattlesnake, and then mark their “accomplishment” by slapping a blood-covered hand against a white mural.

This cruel gathering teaches young, impressionable minds that animal cruelty is not only acceptable and encouraged, but can be fun and entertaining. It must end.

The festival is quickly approaching on March 12, so we must act now. Hundreds of lives are at stake, and these snakes don’t deserve to suffer as the killers celebrate their pain.

Sign this petition urging the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to ban the Rattlesnake Roundup and show that the mass execution of Texas’ wildlife will not be tolerated.