Special thanks to Frank Indiviglio ( @findiviglio ), for the links and information! You should all check out his twitter account and reptile blog at Thepetplace.com .
Here is an excerpt of his post on the severity of this issue. Please read this and click the link to read the full post. And of course, don’t forget to sign the petition!!
12 Million Turtles Exported from USA in 5 Years – Here’s How to Help
Posted by: Frank Indiviglio August 12, 2011
Hello, Frank Indiviglio here. The plight of the USA’s freshwater turtles has taken a back stage to what has been labeled the Asian Turtle Crisis (a tragic situation, please see below). However, a full-blown crisis is in progress here as well. In the past 5 years, over 12 millionwild caught freshwater turtles were sent from the USA to food and pet markets abroad, while untold numbers were sold in-country. Fortunately, you can make a real difference in their future by taking one simple step. Please read on to learn how to take action to support CITES (Committee on International Trade in Endangered Species) protection for the USA’s freshwater turtles.
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