“It’s just a snake…….., it’s not like it’s a dog or horse or a bird.” Next thing you know, it’s some other stupid reason to hate an animal that has a rightful place on this planet.
Guys, these snakes NEED our help— and badly at that.
I’m astounded at the level of cruelty displayed at these roundups. These animals are first removed from their homes via gasoline in their dens, then they’re lumped into a single container with no access to food, water, or even a place to hide. They are being purchased for as much as $10 PER POUND for an event where they are partially frozen and have their mouths sewn shut.
This year, about 1,700 pounds of rattlesnakes were purchased for the event.
This is stated in a news article… and even one of the event coordinators admits to sewing the mouths shut:
“The hunt weekend offers a number of novel experiences, such as having a taste of deep-fried rattlesnake meat and the opportunity to have a picture taken with a live rattlesnake.
“They really drape it over your shoulders but they are defanged and their mouths are sewn shut,” England said.”
How no one is doing anything about this legally is beyond me. This is a prime example of animal cruelty and desperately needs to be stopped.
Please remember that during this month, upwards of 10,000 rattlesnakes will die in these roundups. My question for you, is are you going to sit there and just let it happen?
How you can help:
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This activity has been reported to local law enforcement, who deny knowing anything about any alleged “animal cruelty” and are therefore doing nothing to help these animals. Until such a time as they do, we are left to assume that they do not consider this an illegal activity, despite their own laws against mistreating live animals.
THIS weekend in Waurika & Waynoka, Oklahoma they will hold their annual rattlesnake roundups. Waurika is one of the towns where they have sewn snake mouths shut & put them on display.
If you understand the law posted below, what happens at rattlesnake roundups & have watched some of the footage we took at these events in a calm & constructive manner, please call the below individuals and tell them that per §1685 AND §1680. Department of Agriculture Cruelty to Animal laws already on the books, having a rattlesnake that has its mouth sewn shut is a felony in Oklahoma, as well as the animals at their festivals being deprived of food, water & shelter. Police Chief of Apache, Jay Huff also should be reminded that placing an animal in a freezer for a couple of hours is also a felony per OK law. Please ask them to have the integrity to file felony charges without further prompting from the public. Feel free to call or email multiple times. If you cannot be civil, do not call or email at all.
Police Chief of Waurika, Gary Whittington at 580-228-2324 (mouth sewn shut & deprived of food, water & shelter)
Police Chief of Apache, Jay Huff at 580-588-3309 (mouth sewn shut & placed in freezer at his event & being deprived of food, water & shelter)
Joe Dorman, Apache Rattlesnake Roundup Committee 405- 557-7305 office 580-476-3745 home 800-522-8502 firstname.lastname@example.org (mouth sewn shut & placed in freezer at his event & being deprived of food, water & shelter)
District Attorney Jason Hicks (DA over Waurika & Apache) 580-252-3240 580-255-8726 580-252-4050 email@example.com (mouth sewn shut, placed in freezer (mouth sewn shut & deprived of food, water & shelter at his two events)
District Attorney for Okeene Mike Fields 580-233-1311
firstname.lastname@example.org (deprived of food, water & shelter)
Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin 405-521-2342 918-581-2801 email@example.com
If you would like to assist the individuals wanting to end the cruel treatment at the roundups, please join the facebook group called RARR Rise Against Rattlesnake Roundups and/or donate funds to help them form a legal Political Action Committee group, create a website & cover costs for their mission. Your donation will not be tax deductable. Payments can be made online at: http://reptileapartment.com/rise-against-rattlesnake-roundups-needs-you/ or made out to Ned Bruha (rattlesnake roundups in memo section) & mail to 9521 B Riverside Parkway #343 Tulsa, OK 74137
Applicable Oklahoma law is copied and pasted below.
This is the law stating that it’s illegal to “maim, torture, or deprive animals of food and water” http://www.oda.state.ok.us/forms/ogc/anc.pdf
§ 1680.1. Definitions.
1. “Animal” means any mammal, bird, fish, reptile or invertebrate, including wild and domesticated species, other than a human being;
3. “Person” means any individual, state agency, corporation, association, nonprofit corporation, joint stock company, firm, trust, partnership, two or more persons having a common interest, or other legal entity;
4. “Owner” means a person who has title to the property, possession of the property, or a greater right to the possession of the animal or property than another person;
5. “Possession” means actual care, custody, control or management; and
6. “Effective consent” means consent by the owner or a person legally authorized to act for the owner. Consent is not effective if induced or given by force or fear; by a person the offender knows is not legally authorized to act for the owner; or by a person who by reason of youth, mental disease or defect, or influence of drug or
alcohol is known by the offender to be unable to make reasonable decisions.
§ 1685. Cruelty to Animals.
Any person who shall willfully or maliciously overdrive, overload, torture, destroy or kill, or cruelly beat or injure, maim or mutilate, any animal in subjugation or captivity, whether wild or tame, and whether belonging to himself or to another, or deprive any such animal of necessary food, drink or shelter; or who shall cause, procure or permit any such animal to be so overdriven, overloaded, tortured, destroyed or killed, or cruelly beaten or injured, maimed or mutilated, or deprived of necessary food, drink or shelter; or
who shall willfully set on foot, instigate, engage in, or in any way further any act of cruelty to any animal, or any act tending to produce such cruelty, shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary not exceeding five
(5) years, or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one (1) year, or by a fine not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00). Any officer finding an animal so maltreated or abused shall cause the same to be taken care of, and the charges therefore shall be a lien upon such animal, to be collected thereon as upon a pledge or a lien.
Putting a rattlesnake in the freezer in Apache, OK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b8Ev524MPo&list=PLEC715B3461C6E35F&index=2&feature=plcp
Rattlesnake felony torture for photo opportunity in Apache OK:
Waurika, Oklahoma felony photo booth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TxDXjF_h9E&list=PLEC715B3461C6E35F&index=4&feature=plcp
Unlawful snakes imported into state: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=779Rdufa2TQ&list=PLEC715B3461C6E35F&index=5&feature=plcp
Food Network glorifying animal cruelty – one of their crew shown here was also hired to help with Animal Planet’s “Ned Bruha; Skunk Whisperer”, without Bruha knowing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGUx9wyRg5E&list=PLEC715B3461C6E35F&index=8&feature=plcp
Oklahoma City FOX 25 TV did a phone interview with Ned Bruha on Wednesday about felony animal cruelty being celebrated at rattlesnake roundups in Oklahoma. Bruha’s morning facebook post prompted the interview because it included video & audio proof of the cruelty which was filmed by others: http://www.okcfox.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/kokh_vid_4991.shtml
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by Nancy Roberts January 26, 2012 9:12 pm
The annual Rattlesnake Roundup in Claxton, Georgia has changed into a wildlife festival that will celebrate the increasingly rare reptiles instead of killing them. The Evans County Wildlife Club recently announced the switch; for 44 years, hunters would bring in rattlesnakes to the Roundup to show the attendees, milk them for their venom, then butcher them for their meat and skin. At the renamed Claxton Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival, snakes will still be on hand, but brought by conservation groups to educate the public. The club’s head noted, “”It’s nothing but education and conservation, which is what our club was intended for in the beginning. We hope it’s going to be a bigger, better festival and everyone will benefit.”
“Georgia is blessed with a rich natural heritage of animals and plants. All of these species — even the rattlesnakes — should be allowed to exist,” said Bill Matturro of Protect All Living Species. “Rattlesnakes serve an important role in the food chain by controlling rodent populations and should be respected.”
Hunters, habitat loss and road mortality have imperiled the reptiles. Conservation groups the Center for Biological Diversity, Protect All Living Species and One More Generation last year began the multi-year process of requesting protection as “threatened” for the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake under the Endangered Species Act. The Eastern Diamondback is the largest rattlesnake in the world, and is now absent or rare across large portions of its former habitat.
While Claxton has made the switch, Rattlesnake Roundups still happen in the U.S. across the Midwest and South (see a list of Roundups here.) Sign One More Generation’s petition to stop Rattlesnake Roundups here.
Rattlesnake roundups in Oklahoma are attended by thousands of people each year. At some of these events, rattlesnakes have their mouths sewn shut for photos with the attendees. Bruha compares this to a haunting and graphic photo of a puppy with its mouth sewn shut. In the “pit of death”, the snakes are deprived of food, water & shelter. Ned Bruha, The Skunk Whisperer takes a stand with undercover video & quotes the laws on the books, insisting that Oklahoma authorities use the video evidence to make over 2 dozen felony animal cruelty convictions - from a simple YouTube video upload. The dry, simple 8 minute video encourages any Average Joe to stand up & make a change. The rattlesnake roundups can and will be educational, family events without animal cruelty. PLEASE SHARE far and wide.