#BuyToysNotTurtles Part 2

As many of you mentioned when sharing part 1, impulse buys of turtles are a major problem after movies like The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are released. Kids get excited and tell their parents how much they want a turtle!  Kids can be determined and parents can want to appease them without thinking, and the outcome is another wave of unwanted and often mistreated turtles and tortoises. 

Shelters are overrun with these types of turtles. people don’t know what to do with them and they often end up illegally ‘released’ into the wild ( which is inevitable death for the animal or other animals in the area), neglected to death, or abandoned like this little one.

The problem is real. Its been 2 weeks since the release of TMNT2 so now is an important time to spread this message. Remind your friends, followers, and tell them to tell theirs to spread the word too.

here’s the PSA again  BUY TOYS NOT TURTLES  I’ll post it on its own over the weekend. Stay tuned for part 3 on Thursday. 

SHELL FRIENDS EMERGENCY!!!

On Monday, 11 turtles (9 of which you can see above) were dumped like trash by some awful human on the doorstep of the LittleRESq. As you can see, some had bloody noses, shell issues, infected skin, and are in need of medical attention ASAP! 

Read LittleRESq’s Post.  

We’ve posted about the incredible work of Little RESq here many times, and about their incredible spokes turtle, Audrey R. Slider.

As a small rescue, LittleRESq needs help to care for these turtles!  Please help these poor shells by donating to their emergency medical fund. Every bit helps. These shells deserve so much better than this! 

And spread the word! 

The Detroit zoological society has stepped up to care for the turtles and tortoises confiscated from a man attempting to smuggle them onto a flight to China. He has been identified as part of a larger ring of smugglers under investigation, including another man found with 50+ tortoises in his pants. 

Hopes are high for many of these little shells, though not all will come through unscathed (or at all). Thankfully they are in good hands and will be provided quality care till they are healthy after which they’ll hopefully be sent to some high quality forever homes. 

(Source: Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Zoo is caring for the more than a thousand turtles that were found stuffed in rubber snow boots and cereal boxes last week inside a Canadian man’s luggage at Detroit’s Metro Airport.

The man was arrested by federal agents before he could board a flight to Shanghai, China, with the contraband turtles.

Authorities say the incident is connected to an international smuggling ring led by another Canadian man, KaiXu, who attempted to cross the Detroit-Windsor border in August with 51 turtles concealed in his pants. Xu was charged with federal smuggling crimes for trying to return to Windsor with the live reptiles tucked in baggies around his legs, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

Gavin Shire with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which investigated the case against Xu, said there’s a demand for turtles in Asia, adding that there’s “a lot of both illegal and unregulated turtle consumption.”

The Detroit Zoological Society was contacted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents and asked to assist with the turtles’ care while the investigation is under way, according to a press release from the zoo.

The 1,007 confiscated turtles are mostly juvenile hatchlings that are less than a month old. According to the zoo, more than 750 Diamondback Terrapins, red-necked pond turtles, spotted turtles, wood turtles, Blanding’s turtles, red-eared sliders and African spur-thighed tortoises were among the confiscated reptiles.

“The conditions of the turtles vary. It isn’t surprising that some are not doing well given the way they were being smuggled,” said Scott Carter, DZS chief life sciences officer in a statement. “Most are not of conservation concern, but some are endangered species.”

The turtles are being housed behind the scenes at the zoo as reptile staff work to provide proper care and diets. Once the investigation is complete, the turtles will be transferred back to the USFWS for permanent placement.

The Detroit zoological society has stepped up to care for the turtles and tortoises confiscated from a man attempting to smuggle them onto a flight to China. He has been identified as part of a larger ring of smugglers under investigation, including another man found with 50+ tortoises in his pants. 

Hopes are high for many of these little shells, though not all will come through unscathed (or at all). Thankfully they are in good hands and will be provided quality care till they are healthy after which they’ll hopefully be sent to some high quality forever homes. 

(Source: Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Zoo is caring for the more than a thousand turtles that were found stuffed in rubber snow boots and cereal boxes last week inside a Canadian man’s luggage at Detroit’s Metro Airport.

The man was arrested by federal agents before he could board a flight to Shanghai, China, with the contraband turtles.

Authorities say the incident is connected to an international smuggling ring led by another Canadian man, KaiXu, who attempted to cross the Detroit-Windsor border in August with 51 turtles concealed in his pants. Xu was charged with federal smuggling crimes for trying to return to Windsor with the live reptiles tucked in baggies around his legs, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

Gavin Shire with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which investigated the case against Xu, said there’s a demand for turtles in Asia, adding that there’s “a lot of both illegal and unregulated turtle consumption.”

The Detroit Zoological Society was contacted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents and asked to assist with the turtles’ care while the investigation is under way, according to a press release from the zoo.

The 1,007 confiscated turtles are mostly juvenile hatchlings that are less than a month old. According to the zoo, more than 750 Diamondback Terrapins, red-necked pond turtles, spotted turtles, wood turtles, Blanding’s turtles, red-eared sliders and African spur-thighed tortoises were among the confiscated reptiles.

“The conditions of the turtles vary. It isn’t surprising that some are not doing well given the way they were being smuggled,” said Scott Carter, DZS chief life sciences officer in a statement. “Most are not of conservation concern, but some are endangered species.”

The turtles are being housed behind the scenes at the zoo as reptile staff work to provide proper care and diets. Once the investigation is complete, the turtles will be transferred back to the USFWS for permanent placement.

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Tell China to Stop Massacring Turtles in Foreign Waters!

Tell China to Stop Massacring Turtles in Foreign Waters!

Tell China to Stop Massacring Turtles in Foreign Waters!

Tell China to Stop Massacring Turtles in Foreign Waters!

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In Kalimantan, Indonesia, one of the world’s premier Turtle nestling habitats, the age-old creatures, my favorite animal, were making a comeback. Years of diligent work by local and international NGOs in cooperation with fisherman and Government were having an impact.

The Turtles were coming back! 

Then, suddenly, their numbers began falling again. And activists couldn’t figure out why. They were doing everything right – using new technology to ensure fish nets don’t accidentally capture Turtles, community monitoring of hatch sites, strict control of trade. 

Now, we know why.

Taiwan coastguards seized more than 2,500 protected turtles bound for dinner plates in China, officials said Sunday, calling it the biggest smuggling case of its kind they had ever seen.

Coastguards discovered the 2,626 rare turtles — 1,180 Asian yellow pond turtles and 1,446 yellow-lined box turtles — in a container on board a vessel in Kaohsiung, a port in the south of Taiwan, on Saturday.

These Turtles are being stolen from the waters of nearby Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, all countries with stunning biodiversity. That is why Kalimantan was seeing such a drop in Turtle counts, despite years of hard work to protect Turtles.

This can’t go on. Sign this petition and call on the Chinese Government to enforce global laws on its fishermen, so that they cannot cross into international waters and hunt Turtles. Hundreds are already calling, but we need more. Way More. To ensure that China feels global pressure and listens.

Otherwise, its only a matter of time before another illegal boat is found with hundreds of endangered Turtles.

Turtle hit by car doesn’t survive but vet manages to save the 56 babies she was carrying.

(Source Bethwood Patch )

Woodbridge Animal Control picked the snapping turtle up after it had been hit by a car in town. Nearly half the shell had been shattered, but the turtle was still alive.

That’s where Jim Micinilio comes in, and when the story takes a twist that is simultaneously sad and uplifting.

Given the severity of the damage to the shell, Micinilio, a co-owner of Countryside Veterinarian Hospital in Shelton, had to put the turtle down. But not before he noticed the turtle was pregnant.

So the Stratford resident carefully extracted the eggs — 56 in total — and saved them. They’re now incubating, and in less than a week he’ll be able to tell if they’re fertile.

If they are, he’ll keep them safe until they hatch, usually in about two to three months, and then release the baby turtles near where the mother was found in Woodbridge.

“I’ve done this many times before,” Micinilio says. “It’s kind of rewarding.”

“Unfortunately the mother dies, but you can at least raise these little ones and put ‘em back in the wild.”

Snapping turtles are common in our area, and it’s this time of year when the mothers look for a nest for their eggs. That journey often involves walking across roadways.  

As a result, Micinilio says, “This is unfortunately a common occurrence.”

Turtle hit by car doesn’t survive but vet manages to save the 56 babies she was carrying.

(Source Bethwood Patch )

Woodbridge Animal Control picked the snapping turtle up after it had been hit by a car in town. Nearly half the shell had been shattered, but the turtle was still alive.

That’s where Jim Micinilio comes in, and when the story takes a twist that is simultaneously sad and uplifting.

Given the severity of the damage to the shell, Micinilio, a co-owner of Countryside Veterinarian Hospital in Shelton, had to put the turtle down. But not before he noticed the turtle was pregnant.

So the Stratford resident carefully extracted the eggs — 56 in total — and saved them. They’re now incubating, and in less than a week he’ll be able to tell if they’re fertile.

If they are, he’ll keep them safe until they hatch, usually in about two to three months, and then release the baby turtles near where the mother was found in Woodbridge.

“I’ve done this many times before,” Micinilio says. “It’s kind of rewarding.”

“Unfortunately the mother dies, but you can at least raise these little ones and put ‘em back in the wild.”

Snapping turtles are common in our area, and it’s this time of year when the mothers look for a nest for their eggs. That journey often involves walking across roadways.  

As a result, Micinilio says, “This is unfortunately a common occurrence.”

Clemson University senior, Nathan Weaver, recently conducted research on the declining population of Eastern Box Turtles and how human behavior is impacting that decline.  He was looking particularly at turtles crossing the road.

What his experiment found, however, is a sad fact that isn’t surprising to too many of us who love and care about turtles and tortoises. The number of people INTENTIONALLY running over turtles was incredibly high.  Using plastic turtles placed in the road, Weaver observed 7 drivers swerve and deliberately run over the fake turtle (not knowing it was fake). 

Psychology professors commenting on the outcome of this experiment cite sport, and a subconscious human need to dominate animals. 

The psychology researcher in me isn’t surprised, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make me sad.  I think back to the incident earlier this year with Blake Shelton and the “joke” about deliberately running over a turtle he posted on twitter. THIS is exactly why his “joke” is harmful *beyond* an being offensive.  It is not about political correctness. It is about human behavior. 

If humans act on a subconscious desire to dominate animals then humans are sure as hell susceptible to group think and celebrity influence. Thats no joke, you don’t need to be a psych prof to know that. 

(Sources -Associated Press- Washington Post Inquisitor)

Clemson University senior, Nathan Weaver, recently conducted research on the declining population of Eastern Box Turtles and how human behavior is impacting that decline.  He was looking particularly at turtles crossing the road.

What his experiment found, however, is a sad fact that isn’t surprising to too many of us who love and care about turtles and tortoises. The number of people INTENTIONALLY running over turtles was incredibly high.  Using plastic turtles placed in the road, Weaver observed 7 drivers swerve and deliberately run over the fake turtle (not knowing it was fake). 

Psychology professors commenting on the outcome of this experiment cite sport, and a subconscious human need to dominate animals. 

The psychology researcher in me isn’t surprised, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make me sad.  I think back to the incident earlier this year with Blake Shelton and the “joke” about deliberately running over a turtle he posted on twitter. THIS is exactly why his “joke” is harmful *beyond* an being offensive.  It is not about political correctness. It is about human behavior. 

If humans act on a subconscious desire to dominate animals then humans are sure as hell susceptible to group think and celebrity influence. Thats no joke, you don’t need to be a psych prof to know that. 

(Sources -Associated Press- Washington Post Inquisitor)