Texas Rattlesnake Festival
Organized by: Laura Berg
We at the Texas Rattlesnake Festival have a goal to educate the public about one of the most misunderstood animals in the United States, the rattlesnake. The Texas Rattlesnake Festival was created so that the public could attend an event that celebrates and respects our local herpetofauna. We are aware that other events in Texas, and across the nation, also utilize the rattlesnake in their local events often called “roundups.” The Texas Rattlesnake Festival is aware that these roundups offer a huge financial boost for the communities in which they are held. We also applaud the organizations that offer much needed services, such as scholarships and grants, with the money that is generated. However, we feel that many of these roundups exploit and inhumanely treat the very resource which makes their event possible. Some of these roundups also vilify the rattlesnake, adding to the public’s already inflated fear. By no means do we want to eliminate these very successful events that have such a positive impact on the community. Our goal is to seek reform. We understand that realistic balance must be met to ensure the community involved and the resource used will both continue to thrive. We encourage ethical and legal hunting practices that do not harm our fragile ecosystems. Practices such as gassing and indiscriminant harvest are not supported by the Texas Rattlesnake Festival. We would like to see bag limits implemented for hunters as well as enforcement hunting regulations and permitting program as currently put in place by the state of Texas. Further, we would like to eliminate the public torture and slaughter to which many of these animals fall victim. We find the spectacle that is created by such actions provides a misconstrued view of how humans should treat other living organisms. And lastly, we offer the Texas Rattle Snake Festival as a successful model that is now a proven income provider where no rattlesnakes where harmed or removed from their natural environment for the purposes of the event. Though cooperative effort with the organizations that put on these roundups, and working in conjunction with Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Texas Rattlesnake Festival hopes to ensure that our rattlesnakes and their environment will be here for many future generations of Texans to enjoy.