STOP THE SNAKE-SHOOTING BILL! TAKE ACTION NOW HB 2022 was recently introduced to change Arizona’s prohibition on shooting guns within city limits. Under the proposed amendment, it would be legal to shoot with “pellets that are 1.3 millimeters or less in diameter and that are loaded in a rimfire cartridge with a caliber that does not exceed twenty-two hundredths of an inch.” This irresponsible legislation threatens public safety by allowing shooting in populated areas and encouraging people to approach potentially dangerous animals. We are urging the state legislature to reject the amendment: Advocates for Snake Preservation Arizonans for Gun Safety Humane Society of the United States Rattlesnake Solutions LLC Sierra Club – Grand Canyon Chapter SPEAK There are safer and more effective ways to resolve wildlife conflicts than shooting in populated areas Snakes are reluctant to bite, even when stepped on or picked up Learn The Truth About Snakebite Most snakebites happen when handling or attempting to kill snakes Less than 5 people in the US die from snakebite each year, including bites from exotic species and those who refuse treatment Learn how to make your yard less attractive to snakes Check out this brochure from the Tucson Herpetological Society Fence snakes out Photo courtesy Rattlesnake Solutions -- they'll install snake fencing for you. Appreciate and enjoy these unique desert creatures Learn more about snakes at www.snakes.ngo HB2022 THREATENS PUBLIC SAFETY. This legislation could result in more snakebites since it encourages people to approach venomous snakes rather than leave them alone. Most bites happen when handling or attempting to kill snakes; even snakes thought to be dead have bitten when handled or picked-up. The safest course of action when a venomous snake is spotted is to walk away and not approach the snake for any reason. The exception in HB2022 is not solely limited to snakes or other unwanted wild animals, nor does it specify shooting only in cases of an imminent threat to public safety. This law would allow our neighborhoods to be littered with lead — a serious threat to wildlife and public health — for any reason. There are safer and more effective ways to resolve wildlife conflicts than shooting in populated areas. Arizonans, tell your senator to oppose HB2022. Anyone can sign this petition against HB2022. FIND your senator and CALL Tell them there are safer and more effective ways to resolve wildlife conflicts than shooting in populated areas. SIGN The Sierra Club’s action against this bill. Help us fight this bill by spreading the word: Facebook Twitter Tumblr THE SECRET LIVES OF SNAKES Rattlesnakes have friends (video available for media use). Male rattlesnakes may court females for days or weeks (video available for media use). Even fights are non-violent and rarely result in injury (video available for media use). Rattlesnakes give birth to live babies and take care of their kids (video courtesy Brendan O’Connor). < See more on our YouTube channel. Take Action Share on Facebook Learn more about snakes BE A SNAKE HERO! You can make a difference for snakes by joining Advocates for Snake Preservation today.