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Snapperfest has been cancelled and will not happen this year! Thank you to all who helped achieve this victory!
Final signature count: 10,677
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

Animal abuse happens everywhere, but one county in Indiana takes animal cruelty to a whole new level with its yearly Snapperfest.

Snapperfest is an annual festival held in Ohio County, Indiana, in which families come to watch competitors abuse snapping turtles. Contestants grab the animals by the tails and slam them to the ground. The turtles are spun around in the air by their heads until the contestant can wrap the neck around his fist. Most of the turtles die from injuries or stress.

Children watching the festivities are consequently witness to extreme animal cruelty on the part of humans at young ages.

The fact is animal abuse often leads to more serious, harmful crimes. To teach these values to children is a grave oversight of logic.

The next Snapperfest is scheduled for August 20, 2012. Write to Indiana Governor Mitchell E. Daniels asking him to ban Snapperfest before August 20 — for good!

Dear Governor Daniels:

Please put a stop to Snapperfest 2012.

Snapperfest is a yearly festival that basically honors animal abuse by allowing its competitors to harm snapping turtles for winnings. The contestants grab the turtles by their tails, swing them around, yank their heads from their shells, and then attempt to wrap their fists around the turtles' necks. Children and families are encouraged to watch.

Proponents claim the festival is "good clean fun" — but this is a bold-faced lie. More often than not the turtles are irrevocably injured and many of them die from stress. Moreover, exposing children to this kind of abuse predisposes them to other forms of abuse in the future. In fact, many criminals have proven to have been abused, witnessed abuse, or abused animals themselves as children.

These are behaviors that we should not and cannot promote to America's young children. Aside from that, these poor snapping turtles deserve to be left alone.

Please make sure Snapperfest 2012 — and all future Snapperfests — are banned immediately.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures


Aug 15, 2012 Margie Case
Aug 15, 2012 Nicole Jackson
Aug 15, 2012 Andrea Tobyn Oh my God, what sort of creatures are they, to do this to innocent animals? I'm crying as I read this.
Aug 15, 2012 jerry salisbury
Aug 15, 2012 Darlene Swanson Barberic and cruel!
Aug 15, 2012 Adrienne Burkemper
Aug 15, 2012 Heather McCall-Kelly This is flat out sick! "Good clean fun" should not include killing! And what does that teach children? Look at bio's of serial killers, animal abuse is right up there. Leave the Snapping turtles be and come up with a clean, bloodless alternative! Please!
Aug 15, 2012 Silvia Giunchi
Aug 15, 2012 Elizabeth Gurney How disgusting! Why does the Governor allow such a debasing spectacle to take place? Indiana must be full of stupid people.
Aug 15, 2012 Beth Barnett
Aug 15, 2012 Duanna Wilson
Aug 15, 2012 paige harrison
Aug 15, 2012 Nancy G
Aug 15, 2012 Gayle Sutton This is right at the top of the list of barbaric and obscenely inhumane practices. Shame on Indiana: shame, shame, shame.
Aug 15, 2012 ashley mccall
Aug 15, 2012 Claudia Adamson
Aug 15, 2012 Jessica Fritts
Aug 15, 2012 Connie Moreno
Aug 15, 2012 S. M. Some form of animal cruelty make one want to vomit. This surely is on the top of the list. Sad, sad, sad. One obviously can not imagine the terror and pain imposed on these creatures - and make the leap to those humans just as vulnerable and voiceless.
Aug 15, 2012 Andria Davis
Aug 15, 2012 Tamara Hancock
Aug 15, 2012 izabela cogelja
Aug 15, 2012 Mona Banning
Aug 15, 2012 Elena Knox
Aug 15, 2012 audra wisniowski
Aug 15, 2012 andrea del Rio ban snapperfest, animal abuse is animal abuse. and for what?! we can do better!
Aug 15, 2012 Mark Patton
Aug 15, 2012 Kathleen Balas
Aug 15, 2012 Mary Brown
Aug 15, 2012 Karen Nagy
Aug 15, 2012 Heather Robertson
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Aug 15, 2012 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2012 Susan Cole This abuse is unnecessary.
Aug 15, 2012 Gay Kirchner This is the ultimate in senseless cruelty.
Aug 15, 2012 Alexandra Segura
Aug 15, 2012 Lucie Zeeman
Aug 15, 2012 Chasity Spitznogle
Aug 15, 2012 Sanda Barton
Aug 15, 2012 Barbara Stakk Stop this horrific animal/child abuse Now--I beg you Governor...
Aug 15, 2012 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2012 johanna pizzo
Aug 15, 2012 Giuliana Gorlei
Aug 15, 2012 Wayne Elliott
Aug 15, 2012 Dagmar Knauer
Aug 15, 2012 Doris Moore
Aug 15, 2012 Dorothy Doyle
Aug 15, 2012 Deneen Diehl
Aug 15, 2012 Evelyn Espinoza
Aug 15, 2012 troy goss

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