This is the unfortunate truth for many snakes. To be clear, I have no issue with someone hunting a snake for food or skin as long as its responsible and controlled properly. But that is not the case with this, they are rounded up in the 10s of 1000s to be showcased and have their heads brutely hacked off and allowed to slowly die so they can preserve the head. They even allow bystanders to pay to do this. Let me clear, if every dog or cat was gone tomorrow, we would certainly be sad, devastated even, but the environment would be perfectly fine, we would move one. If every snake was gone, we would most likely be extinct in a few generations, they are that vital to our ecosystem, they play that much of a role to us. Lets respect them for what they are and admire them for what they do.
Mobile Uploads Few things in this world piss me off more than this image, and at the same time few things on the web are as important as this image.
I hear and see people every single day claiming animal cruelty is wrong but will post a picture of a headless snake and a shovel without hesitation.
Hold your smart ass comments, because they mean nothing to me. If this picure was a bucket full of cat or dog heads, the media would be all over it while PETA and HSUS profit and act like they give a shit about any of the animals they "rescue."
Know where all that money you donate to HSUS goes? CEO pockets. Less than 1% goes to the shelters that are struggling to keep up.
Back to snakes...
Why is it ok to hack away at a snake head with a dull machete or shovel? Oh...it bit your cat? Tough shit...know how many NATIVE species were killed by that cat? Doesn't mean you should abuse the cat either. Kids in danger? Go ahead...get in striking range of a snake you probably can't correctly identify. One problem...there are more and you are in danger putting your uneducated, ignorant self in a position to get bit so you feel like a bad ass.
Snakes control rodent populations. If rodent over populate, say hello to the dark ages part 2 when the bubonic plague make it's return and kicks society right in the sack.
No animal deserves to have its head tossed in a bucket. It's blood used for handprints on a wall. This is from a rattlesnake round up. No education, just drunken idiots with little dick syndrome performing mindless stunts, horrific slaughter, and sheding a false light on a species they believe to be over populated.
Sorry guys, but they are not even close. Numbers are declining. Venomous or not, they play a very important role in our ecosystem. Much more so than those non-native plants of yours they seek refuge in when it gets hot and you decide they need to die. Or the cats eradicating native species every year.
Support education. Next year is the second annual Texas Rattlesnake Festival promoting real education and appreciation for these misunderstood animals.
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