Stop Gassing Snakes
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org

FROM

Center for Biological Diversity
January 2014

ACTION

In Texas hunters can still use gassing - blowing gasoline fumes into snake dens and capturing any snakes that surface in order to breathe. Sometimes the toxic flood kills whatever unfortunate animals are residing below. For the lucky, death comes almost immediately. For others it can take two, even three months. Most states have already banned gassing to protect essential underground wildlife habitats. Texas should follow their lead and ban this unnecessary and cruel technique.

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And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Andy Gluesenkamp
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
phone (512) 389-8722

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

In Texas hunters can still use gassing -- blowing gasoline fumes into snake dens and capturing any snakes that surface in order to breathe.

Gassing is already banned in dozens of states -- including every state that borders Texas -- for good reason: Underground dens provide homes for hundreds of species, including foxes, lizards, birds and invertebrates. In Texas alone 20 endangered species live underground and can be hurt or killed by the toxic fumes.

Texas is proposing to outlaw the practice, but there's some strong opposition. Prohibiting the use of gasoline to hunt snakes would reduce the number of snakes supplied for Texas's "rattlesnake roundups" -- bloody contests where hunters compete for prizes by capturing native snakes. Thousands of Texans attend these gruesome events each year, and roundup supporters fiercely oppose the state's effort to ban gassing.

Please take action now to urge Texas officials to ban the use of gasoline for hunting and protect Texas's snakes and other wildlife that share their underground homes.

SAMPLE LETTER

I am writing to urge the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to prohibit the use of noxious or toxic substances to hunt Texas wildlife. Gassing poses an unacceptable risk to native wildlife.

Mammals, birds, amphibians, other reptiles and numerous invertebrates share dens with the snakes that are targeted by gassing. In fact, 20 of Texas' endangered species live underground and could be harmed by the noxious gasses.

Most states have already banned gassing to protect essential underground wildlife habitats. Texas should follow their lead and ban this unnecessary and cruel technique.

Sincerely...


Thank you for everything you do for animals!


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