One snake that you might have heard of is the rattlesnake. Many are afraid of rattlesnakes, because why not? The rattlesnake is considered as one of the most venomous snakes in the world.
However, did you know that there is a place in the US that dedicates a festival to these scary creatures?
In the small town of Sweetwater, Texas, an annual tradition called Rattlesnake Roundups is being held every spring. This town is also believed to be the home of the diamondback rattlesnake. Diamondback Rattlesnake is the major cause of snakebites in the US.
Started in 1958, hunters will start the festivity through a mass hunting for rattlesnakes. Local hunters would usually put gasoline inside snake dens so the snakes will be forced to come out. Once these rattlesnakes come out, the hunters will immediately apture them. They will then be sent to holding pits and their venoms will be milked and sold for research and pharmaceutical purposes. They will then be beheaded and the meat will be sold in the festival.
The Rattlesnake Roundups produces. huge evenue for the residents of Sweetwater. They also attract around 40k visitors yearly. However, ecologists warn about the possible imbalance in ecosystem that may result from the slaughter. Animal rights advocates also condemn the festivity.
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