My worst hate, my absoloute worst, undisputed, disgusted hate, is towards Rattlesnake Round Ups. For those of you who are not aware of this "sport", this is an event where people try and catch as much wild caught Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes and exchange them for money (forget how much but it is A LOT of money for one snake). Once turned over, the snakes are milked for their venom and slaughtered to make snake skin boots, belts, etc. Unfortunatly, there are many problems with the western diamondback populations because of this unholly event. The western diamondbacks are quickly becoming endangered (extinct in some locations), quickly making the remaining diamondbacks evolve a new way of staying hidden so they survive. As you know, the rattle is used to prevent being trampled on by herd animals and discourage predators, but the new generations aren't using their rattles and alerting unsuspecting people. This has caused a growing number of western diamondback snake bites and snake bite fatalities. Since hunters tend to take the rattlesnakes they hear, they are leaving the ones they can't and that is what is causing the problem with silent rattlers. Also, since they have targeted only one species of rattlesnake, Western Diamondbacks may most certainly face extinction soon. Rat populations in certain areas has increased due to this tragedy and the rat numbers will grow in other places as well if they are wiped out. While this is illgal in some states, in states such as Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, and at least two more states it is legal. While the Sweetwater Rattle Roundup attracts about 300,000 visitors to Texas every year, this is labeled as animal abusment. First off, the room is kept at a constant 75 degrees farenhite, too low for a rattlesnake to maintain a healthy body temperature. Then they are handled and milked in front of hundreds of people. Finally, they are tied upside down and slaughtered. They even make this into a game! Whoever could destroy the most snakes, wins. Sick what people come up with, isnt it? Then, they make it family fun by adding in a carnival and sweet, sugary treats. It is up to the people to outlaw this event. The people of America has that right sitting in the palm of our hands, yet for decades we have done nothing. We sat back and let the ugly art of tourists and profits slaughter about 5% of the state's (Texas's to be more truethful) rattlesnake population every year.