Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sign the Petition to Cancel Rattlesnake Republic

As a rattlesnake researcher, I have found that these animals are much different than the media portrays them to be. For example, many people are unaware that they have docile temperaments, and exhibit maternal care and kin recognition behaviors. Rattlesnakes are also one of the most abundant predators by biomass in their environment, making them an integral part of the ecosystem. Their population declines could have cascading effects, which may drastically change food web dynamics. Thus, it saddens me that an "educational" channel like the Animal Planet would promote the slaughter of such beautiful and important creatures. If you have not already done so, please sign the petition to stop their show, Rattlesnake Republic, which glorifies hunters who kill rattlesnakes for profit. It serves no other purpose than to miseducate the public, propagate fear, and deter conservation efforts on those species currently in decline. Please sign the petition to cancel this show here.

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