In Ohio County, Indiana, an incredibly cruel event called Snapperfest has been held for the past 13 years. Wild snapping turtles are yanked by the tail and swung around until contestants can grab hold of their necks and twist it around a person’s arm. Activists nearly stopped the event in 2011, and with your support this torturous “festival” will never be held again.
Snapperfest is held at the end of August at the Campshore Campground in Indiana. It has grown in popularity over the years. It is touted as a wrangling event for wild snapping turtles and participants like Chris Probst call it, “…good, clean fun and anybody from the crowd can participate.”
Snapperfest gets its family friendly reputation because contestants do not try to kill the turtles, but PETA strongly disagrees. The animal rights organization tried to stop the event last month.
“Wild-caught snapping turtles endure terrible violence at the hands of participants. The frightened animals are grabbed by their tails and repeatedly slammed to the ground. Their heads are yanked from their shells, and they are then swung around until ‘contestants’ are able to wrap their fists around the animals’ necks,” PETA stated on their website.
Probst accused PETA of being misleading and told a local radio station, “We do not kill the turtles. They are caught by hand. You can’t pull the head off a turtle.” He also added there is nothing illegal about Snapperfest.
Still many of the animals die each year as a result of the stress they endure or from fatal injuries they sustain from the experience.
Activists contacted local government agencies to stop Snapperfest 2011 and were nearly successful. A new petition has been created to prohibit this cruel event from being held in 2012. Please show your support to Stop Snapperfest 2012.
Action Alert: Please sign the petition - Stop Snapperfest 2012.
Photo from 75491103@N00 via flickr.