Demand Reform of the Turtle Trade

Demand Reform of the Turtle Trade

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!

care2actionteam:

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.

mygardenofhedon:

Hi Friends,

I write because I have a dilemma. This is my roommates’ turtle. I’m actually not even sure of his name, but I think it’s Napoleon. (They told me once when I first moved in and I clearly forgot. I’ve since scoured their flickr and facebook and couldn’t find a single picture of said turtle; nor his name). Anyways, our schedules are pretty off and while he’s away at work, I’m sleeping, and have the whole house to myself. If I’m not making any noise; I can hear this turtle. He scratches at the sides of his “tub.” He also digs in the corners. Sometimes he’s quiet, when he sleeps, which is a lot. Maybe even 50/50.

A while ago I noticed the usual bag of mixed greens they kept in the fridge was gone; emptied of course and thrown away. For a week after that I still noticed no new bag. I asked some coworkers of mine if this was okay for a pet turtle; I was kinda worried you know? They asked if he had water, and as you can sorta see from the picture, there’s just the edge of one bowl, and there’s never been water in it.

Coincidentally my roommates left on vacation for a few days. (They finally bought lettuce). I searched around and found a decent sized glass pie dish that I used for a small reservoir and filled with filtered water. I left him alone and once the water warmed, he dove right in. Not literally, but on my paths to the kitchen he was laying in it, chin on the edge; asleep. It was adorable! Later I saw him with his front two legs hanging over the edge with his face up towards the heat lamp. That seems like genuine enjoyment, right?

I guess I’m just not sure what to do. My roommates are very particular and mostly keep to themselves. I had to give my self a tour when I moved in and even had to clean the room too. I don’t want them finding out about this post in any way; I know there’s some cross-facebook contamination. When they returned they saw the pie dish outside covered with sand and barky things that I had forgotten to finish cleaning. He knew what it was and told me he didn’t appreciate me “experimenting” on his turtle.

So I haven’t done the water-feature thing again. But from time to time I’ll take him outside and let him crawl around a bit. He usually just chills as soon as he gets to the sun. But it’s never long; I fear there’s always birds around. I’ll feed him grass too when I see the bowl empty, or leaves. Not a lot, but enough to satisfy him I think. It’s always gone a few minutes later.

It’s depressing to me seeing him like this day after day, scratching or digging at the sides. I can hear the noise. Is this mild animal cruelty? Or lack of adequate housing for a pet? I just feel so sad about it but I don’t feel like I can say anything to them. What can I do?

Well first of all you are so awesome for caring for this little one thats not even yours! I’ll call he Napoleon, cause it seems like a good name. First off he’s a Russian tortoise just like my Zoya, and a cutie to boot!  I know what its like to have roommates who don’t communicate and that sucks a lot. Sorry you’re dealing with that.. but again.. way to care about this tortoise. Looks like your roomies had some clue how to properly house a tortoise since the bin looks appropriate, and it seems they have a heat and humidity monitor (though those dials are really crappy for humidity). They have a light but I’m not sure its the correct kind. A tortoise needs both a UVB light source (a special bulb that gives off the same sort of rays the sun does) and a heat/UVA source. General light and heat. The best bulbs are a combination of both, though I’m if that heat lamp is a UVB/UVA combo its not good to have at an angle like that.. bad for tortie eyes.  The tortoise should be getting warm soaks, like what you provided him in that dish!, twice a week to keep hydrated. Sounds like this one was dehydrated enough, or is extra good at self care, to jump right in when you gave him the water. Way to go. Its so important for their health! They don’t drink water like we do and despite what people say they don’t get enough water from their food. Soaks are important especially if the substrate (which looks ok but I can’t tell from the pictures) isn’t kept moist enough. In the wild they burrow at night/during high heat, and the ground at the depth they dig is at about 70% humidity. so it helps them stay hydrated. Heat lamps suck up the moisture SO fast and the depth of substrate in a house like that isn’t enough to keep them properly hydrated so soaks are definitely needed. So you can tell your roommates you weren’t experimenting you were helping. 

The digging and scratching is sort of normal… though I’m guessing Napoleon wants to climb/ dig for more than he can. Sometimes they do that. not necessarily a sign of distress so just keep that in mind. Maybe he wants to get your attention? Zoya loves to pull herself upright like that pic you have there. They are little devils (in the best way) and will get themselves in crazy spots if you let them. Still, the lack of water provided is a huge sign of neglect in my opinion. 

Its great that you want to help him but if you take him outside (which isn’t bad! Sun is much stronger than any light and better for their growth) I’d avoid feeding him grass or anything from the yard. Unfortunately people spray chemicals everywhere and you never know whats on what you’re feeding them. Also, some plants can be poisonous. Random stuff you wouldn’t think about. If you want to give him a treat, try radiccio, or spring mix, dark greens. Dandelions are an AWESOME treat, and extra healthy, if you can find some you don’t think were sprayed with anything.  I feed zoya daily but they can go a day or so without food. The rule is generally to give them as much as they can eat in 20 min or so daily. they’ll try and get snacks from you constantly. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. These little ones are smart as hell. 

I can imagine its hard to see an animal seeking something, an animal you don’t even necessarily know much about either, and not know if its even getting basic needs met. I wish I could say if its neglect or not.. Id wonder myself and it would drive me nuts. The soaks are so important and proper feeding.. and proper lighting..  my instinct is that it may not be the best situation.. but the pics don’t show any shell issues so there’s no “OMG GET HIM OUT OF THERE RIGHT NOW” signs.. but keep an eye out. I’m sorry I sent you this giant essay. I know he’s not even yours but… I found your post and wanted to help you and napoleon any way I could.. and mostly all I have in my artillery is info. you can read all about the best care and diet etc at http://russiantortoise.net/ . Thats where I learned most of what I know. I realize you’re not the care taker and giving your roommates a website is probably the last thing you can do… figured I’d pass it along anyway. Just know you are awesome for caring and posting! Keep an eye on him and if you notice anything else pass it along! If it starts to get dire for that little one there are many people around here, myself included,  that will happily help figure out a good way to take action. 

WOW. thats long. Good luck and let us know whats going on with Napoleon. I bet he knows your routine/sounds by now. if you give them attention they definitely learn your smell/ hands and will respond to you. Its amazing to see. 

mygardenofhedon:

Hi Friends,

I write because I have a dilemma. This is my roommates’ turtle. I’m actually not even sure of his name, but I think it’s Napoleon. (They told me once when I first moved in and I clearly forgot. I’ve since scoured their flickr and facebook and couldn’t find a single picture of said turtle; nor his name). Anyways, our schedules are pretty off and while he’s away at work, I’m sleeping, and have the whole house to myself. If I’m not making any noise; I can hear this turtle. He scratches at the sides of his “tub.” He also digs in the corners. Sometimes he’s quiet, when he sleeps, which is a lot. Maybe even 50/50.

A while ago I noticed the usual bag of mixed greens they kept in the fridge was gone; emptied of course and thrown away. For a week after that I still noticed no new bag. I asked some coworkers of mine if this was okay for a pet turtle; I was kinda worried you know? They asked if he had water, and as you can sorta see from the picture, there’s just the edge of one bowl, and there’s never been water in it.

Coincidentally my roommates left on vacation for a few days. (They finally bought lettuce). I searched around and found a decent sized glass pie dish that I used for a small reservoir and filled with filtered water. I left him alone and once the water warmed, he dove right in. Not literally, but on my paths to the kitchen he was laying in it, chin on the edge; asleep. It was adorable! Later I saw him with his front two legs hanging over the edge with his face up towards the heat lamp. That seems like genuine enjoyment, right?

I guess I’m just not sure what to do. My roommates are very particular and mostly keep to themselves. I had to give my self a tour when I moved in and even had to clean the room too. I don’t want them finding out about this post in any way; I know there’s some cross-facebook contamination. When they returned they saw the pie dish outside covered with sand and barky things that I had forgotten to finish cleaning. He knew what it was and told me he didn’t appreciate me “experimenting” on his turtle.

So I haven’t done the water-feature thing again. But from time to time I’ll take him outside and let him crawl around a bit. He usually just chills as soon as he gets to the sun. But it’s never long; I fear there’s always birds around. I’ll feed him grass too when I see the bowl empty, or leaves. Not a lot, but enough to satisfy him I think. It’s always gone a few minutes later.

It’s depressing to me seeing him like this day after day, scratching or digging at the sides. I can hear the noise. Is this mild animal cruelty? Or lack of adequate housing for a pet? I just feel so sad about it but I don’t feel like I can say anything to them. What can I do?

Well first of all you are so awesome for caring for this little one thats not even yours! I’ll call he Napoleon, cause it seems like a good name. First off he’s a Russian tortoise just like my Zoya, and a cutie to boot!  I know what its like to have roommates who don’t communicate and that sucks a lot. Sorry you’re dealing with that.. but again.. way to care about this tortoise. Looks like your roomies had some clue how to properly house a tortoise since the bin looks appropriate, and it seems they have a heat and humidity monitor (though those dials are really crappy for humidity). They have a light but I’m not sure its the correct kind. A tortoise needs both a UVB light source (a special bulb that gives off the same sort of rays the sun does) and a heat/UVA source. General light and heat. The best bulbs are a combination of both, though I’m if that heat lamp is a UVB/UVA combo its not good to have at an angle like that.. bad for tortie eyes.  The tortoise should be getting warm soaks, like what you provided him in that dish!, twice a week to keep hydrated. Sounds like this one was dehydrated enough, or is extra good at self care, to jump right in when you gave him the water. Way to go. Its so important for their health! They don’t drink water like we do and despite what people say they don’t get enough water from their food. Soaks are important especially if the substrate (which looks ok but I can’t tell from the pictures) isn’t kept moist enough. In the wild they burrow at night/during high heat, and the ground at the depth they dig is at about 70% humidity. so it helps them stay hydrated. Heat lamps suck up the moisture SO fast and the depth of substrate in a house like that isn’t enough to keep them properly hydrated so soaks are definitely needed. So you can tell your roommates you weren’t experimenting you were helping. 

The digging and scratching is sort of normal… though I’m guessing Napoleon wants to climb/ dig for more than he can. Sometimes they do that. not necessarily a sign of distress so just keep that in mind. Maybe he wants to get your attention? Zoya loves to pull herself upright like that pic you have there. They are little devils (in the best way) and will get themselves in crazy spots if you let them. Still, the lack of water provided is a huge sign of neglect in my opinion. 

Its great that you want to help him but if you take him outside (which isn’t bad! Sun is much stronger than any light and better for their growth) I’d avoid feeding him grass or anything from the yard. Unfortunately people spray chemicals everywhere and you never know whats on what you’re feeding them. Also, some plants can be poisonous. Random stuff you wouldn’t think about. If you want to give him a treat, try radiccio, or spring mix, dark greens. Dandelions are an AWESOME treat, and extra healthy, if you can find some you don’t think were sprayed with anything.  I feed zoya daily but they can go a day or so without food. The rule is generally to give them as much as they can eat in 20 min or so daily. they’ll try and get snacks from you constantly. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. These little ones are smart as hell. 

I can imagine its hard to see an animal seeking something, an animal you don’t even necessarily know much about either, and not know if its even getting basic needs met. I wish I could say if its neglect or not.. Id wonder myself and it would drive me nuts. The soaks are so important and proper feeding.. and proper lighting..  my instinct is that it may not be the best situation.. but the pics don’t show any shell issues so there’s no “OMG GET HIM OUT OF THERE RIGHT NOW” signs.. but keep an eye out. I’m sorry I sent you this giant essay. I know he’s not even yours but… I found your post and wanted to help you and napoleon any way I could.. and mostly all I have in my artillery is info. you can read all about the best care and diet etc at http://russiantortoise.net/ . Thats where I learned most of what I know. I realize you’re not the care taker and giving your roommates a website is probably the last thing you can do… figured I’d pass it along anyway. Just know you are awesome for caring and posting! Keep an eye on him and if you notice anything else pass it along! If it starts to get dire for that little one there are many people around here, myself included,  that will happily help figure out a good way to take action. 

WOW. thats long. Good luck and let us know whats going on with Napoleon. I bet he knows your routine/sounds by now. if you give them attention they definitely learn your smell/ hands and will respond to you. Its amazing to see.