CNN glorifies Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup in a photo spread

Apr 11, 2013
The Reptile Report
by Cindy Steinle

The Reptile Report - Each spring the reptile community begins to get riled up over the glorified animal abuse that is known as The Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup.  Hundreds of rattlesnakes are collected and then subjected to horrific treatment from substandard care to being skinned alive over the weekend events.  A CNN photographer excitedly covered this event.

“I don’t think I’ve ever even seen a rattlesnake before this,” photographer David Kasnic said of the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup.

Sweetwater, Texas, 40 miles west of Abilene, is home to the self-proclaimed “world’s largest” rattlesnake roundup.

Some 40,000 people turn out every year in early March to hunt down rattlesnakes and then skin them, eat them, show them off, and learn from them, according to the event’s website.

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