petition: STOP HARVESTING OUR TURTLES

petition: STOP HARVESTING OUR TURTLES

Friends! The shells need your help! Did you know it’s still legal to harvest Diamond back Terrapins and Snappers in New york state?!  The Diamond Back is listed as a species of special concern by CITES and yet harvesting them in their native territory is not illegal! How is this possible. 

PLEASE take a moment to sign this petition and share it with others. Time is running out and we can’t let another shell join the lengthy list of critically endangered species. 

Don’t just reblog, Sign the petition and then Reblog! 

Federal funds are running out at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center and officials plan to close the site and euthanize hundreds of the tortoises they’ve been caring for since the animals were added to the endangered species list in 1990. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

 Sign the whitehouse petition to save these tortoises from death!

Read about whats happening Here

Federal funds are running out at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center and officials plan to close the site and euthanize hundreds of the tortoises they’ve been caring for since the animals were added to the endangered species list in 1990. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

 Sign the whitehouse petition to save these tortoises from death!

Read about whats happening Here

Sign the petition to Stop Exporting Turtles to China

Sign the petition to Stop Exporting Turtles to China

Sign the petition to Stop Exporting Turtles to China

Sign the petition to Stop Exporting Turtles to China

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.

Please Read the full article:

http://blogs.thatpetplace.com/thatreptileblog/2011/08/12/12-million-turtles-exported-from-usa-in-5-years-here%E2%80%99s-how-to-help/