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Rounding Up Sweetwater Fund

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Donation Total: $25

We are moments away from our next trip and your contributions have made it possible! We have been humbled by the outpouring of support. From our entire team, thank you! If you would still like to donate, you will ensure we get a jump on the next part of the documentary process. All funds, above and beyond our goal, go toward the next step in seeing this film brought to life!

Several festivals in Oklahoma use mouth sewing so that visitors can pay to have their photo taken holding a live rattlesnake. Trophy snakes are selected to have their fangs pulled out and their lips sewn shut. This method eventually kills the snakes and the process is then repeated all over again.

This is part of the greater story of Rounding Up Sweetwater and we have a week left to raise the funds needed to make the trip happen.

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Director Jeremy Pelsinski: “As a wildlife biologist turned filmmaker I started out by just capturing the world’s largest rattlesnake roundup in Sweetwater, Texas as a short film for my Master’s Thesis. But what I realized since is that there is much more to the story that we need to tell. We saw firsthand what goes on in Sweetwater every year, and we know there is a better way.

Recently we filmed a humane, no-kill alternative at the Claxton Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival. We learned how the people of Claxton have transformed it from a rattlesnake roundup into a festival where they promote conservation and education over fear and misconception.

I want to continue/amplify a national conversation, started by ASP, with this documentary. I want to show what we’ve experienced and give a voice to the people and wildlife who are affected by these roundups. Please join us in our efforts to bring this documentary to life and Stop Snake Slaughter at Rattlesnake Roundups.”

Sweetwater, TX Rattlesnake Roundup

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Claxton, GA Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival

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Rattlesnakes are symbols of freedom and independence; teaching that snakes are scary and useless minimizes their significance in our cultural and ecological heritage.” — Jeffrey J. Smith, Co-founder ASP