One of a Kind Snapping Turtle Festival Conintues On
September 11, 2011 3:48 AM Subscribe
Snapperfest in Rising Sun, Indiana, is a yearly event revolving around catching wild Snapping Turtles.
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It is a contest where men grab a wild Indiana snapping turtle by the tail, run the length of a field and then force the terrified turtle's head out of the shell Then they try to get their hand wrapped around the the turtle's neck and hoist it over their head. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources
' position is that cruelty laws do not apply to wild animals
While the festival has been going on in Rising Sun, Indiana
, since 1996, it only attracted attention after PETA posted an alert,
just a few days before the annual event. The Indiana Humane Society asked the campground hosting the event to cancel it
, but was turned down.
After inviting animal rights activists to see for themselves, some, like the World Animal Awareness Society
, from Michigan, found themselves turned away this year. One activist released a video of the August 2011 Snapperfest
, along with some still photos
Budweiser issued a statement
(on various facebook pages) after the festival, denying they were a sponsor of the event, saying a Budweiser banner
advertising the event was made without their knowledge.
New York Turtle and Tortoise Society
weighs in on the controversy
. Urban Jungles Radio
, a podcast hosted by Zoologist Danny Mendez
, has talked about the festival on their last few shows. (Show 1
, Show 2
The video that attracted attention
initially. How does something like this get started? Campground owner Tim Sizemore told WKRC,
"One day they said, 'Well, lets try to get the head out the shell, see who could get his head out.' One guy did it and the next thing you know they had competitions and it went out from there. Everyone had fun, there's no violence here.'
Snapper Fest participants and fans have a facebook