Gassing Hurts Wildlife

Gassing is a destructive and unethical method of collecting snakes wherein gas or other noxious substances are pumped into holes and crevices, forcing animals to emerge, gasping for air. Most rattlesnakes at Texas roundups are collected using this method.

Gassing is banned in 29 states, but despite repeated calls by the public, biologists, and conservationists, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department refuses to regulate this practice.

GASSING THREATENS WILDLIFE

THAT SHARE HABITAT WITH RATTLESNAKES

Burrowing Owls
Burrowing Owls
Spiny Lizards
Spiny Lizards
Pocket Gophers, photo courtesy Jerry Kirkhart, Flickr
Pocket Gophers
Photo courtesy Jerry Kirkhart, Flickr
Lesser Earless Lizards
Lesser Earless Lizards
Box Turtles
Box Turtles
Coachwhips
Coachwhips
Greater Earless Lizards
Greater Earless Lizards
Collared Lizards
Collared Lizards
Bobcats
Bobcats
Collared Lizards
Collared Lizards
Texas Tortoises
Texas Tortoises
Bumblebees, photo courtesy dbarcus1, Flickr
Bumblebees
Photo courtesy dbarcus1, Flickr
Greater Earless Lizards
Greater Earless Lizards

Hundreds of species depend on the crevices and burrows unethical rattlesnake collectors poison with gasoline, including 20 endangered species.


GASSING POLLUTES WATER

Toxins dumped on porous Texas soil contaminate drinking water and pollute springs, which provide important habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunities for people.

 

GASSING ISN’T HUNTING

“Spraying snakes while they are sleeping in their dens is not sport; it is slaughter by chemical extermination. An analogous form of deer hunting would be to fence the woods, leaving only a narrow opening at one end, and then burn the forest, shooting the deer and other animals as they run through the gate”.

-Jack Weir, 1992.

 
 

TAKE ACTION

Texans, urge your representatives to support HB 3559!

HB 3559 would ban gassing, a destructive and unethical method of collecting wildlife wherein gas or other noxious substances are pumped into holes and crevices, forcing animals to emerge, gasping for air. Most rattlesnakes at Texas roundups are collected using this method.

  • Gassing pollutes water. Toxins dumped on porous Texas soil contaminate drinking water and pollute springs, which provide important habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunities for people.
  • Gassing threatens wildlife. Hundreds of species depend on the crevices and burrows that unethical collectors poison with gasoline, including 20 endangered species.
  • Gassing isn’t hunting. There is nothing sporting about forcing wildliife from their shelter with noxious chemicals.

 

 
Locate your district if you don’t already know who your representative is.
 

 
Contact your representative and urge them to support HB 3559. Feel free to use any of the talking points here.
 

 
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THE SECRET LIVES OF SNAKES

Rattlesnakes have friends.

 

Male rattlesnakes may court females for days or weeks.

 

Even fights are non-violent and rarely result in injury.

 

Rattlesnakes give birth to live babies and take care of their kids.

 

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