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How the Global Pet Trade is Impacting the Survival of Many Exotic Species

by Ken Howell,

Curator of Upland Tropical Rainforest, National Aquarium

When it comes to pets, most people are content keeping traditional cats and dogs while others desire animals with a more exotic flair. Pet stores and online vendors offer the potential exotic pet owner an abundance of wildlife, ranging from parrots and marmosets to cobras and scorpions. Sadly, many recipients of exotic wildlife are unaware that their purchases may support a trade that is often illegal, inhumane, or detrimental to wild populations.

It may come as a surprise to many that the United States is one of the largest importers of live animals in the world with over one billion live animals imported since the year 2000. Various regulatory agencies strive to control this trade. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for enforcing not only its own internal regulations but also those regulations that fall under the auspices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)…

(read more: National Aquarium)

rhamphotheca:

How the Global Pet Trade is Impacting the Survival of Many Exotic Species

by Ken Howell,

Curator of Upland Tropical Rainforest, National Aquarium

When it comes to pets, most people are content keeping traditional cats and dogs while others desire animals with a more exotic flair. Pet stores and online vendors offer the potential exotic pet owner an abundance of wildlife, ranging from parrots and marmosets to cobras and scorpions. Sadly, many recipients of exotic wildlife are unaware that their purchases may support a trade that is often illegal, inhumane, or detrimental to wild populations.

It may come as a surprise to many that the United States is one of the largest importers of live animals in the world with over one billion live animals imported since the year 2000. Various regulatory agencies strive to control this trade. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for enforcing not only its own internal regulations but also those regulations that fall under the auspices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)…

(read more: National Aquarium)

Take a moment to sign the petition calling for justice for Jairo Sandoval, murdered by poachers for protecting sea turtles. Do not let Sandoval’s death be in vain. Do not let these poachers destroy what Sandoval and so many others have dedicated their lives to. 

Sign the petition demanding action from the Costa Rican government. Sea turtles, conservationists, and citizens alike need your help. 

Take a moment to sign the petition calling for justice for Jairo Sandoval, murdered by poachers for protecting sea turtles. Do not let Sandoval’s death be in vain. Do not let these poachers destroy what Sandoval and so many others have dedicated their lives to. 

Sign the petition demanding action from the Costa Rican government. Sea turtles, conservationists, and citizens alike need your help. 

Reminder: stop NY State Bill A2490-2013 allowing capture & killing of snapping turtles. Its World Turtle Day, lets remind elected officials about that.

This bill will legalize the trapping and killing of snapping turtles at will. There are a multitude of reasons this bill is detrimental both to the turtle population and to the human population it cohabitants with.  I urge you all to read more about the bill and let your voice be heard. Below is a sample email sent to NYS Assembly Speaker by Elaine (on the Turtle Rescue Mailing list I take part in) who shared in case any of us feel we aren’t good with words. 

Read the Bill Here: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/A2490-2013

I’m writing regarding Bill A2490, which legalizes the capture and killing of snapping turtles by trapping. Snapping turtles are already permitted to be killed by gun and longbow, and recreational and commercial trapping will dramatically increase their already high number of deaths. Passing the proposed legislation would be a devastating blow to these vulnerable animals. The bill is cruel and scientifically wrong. It is not based on any proven science regarding snapping turtles or any other turtle species.

Turtles are already vulnerable to an existing multitude of threats, such as loss of habitat, high mortality rates of pregnant females crossing roadways, and high hatchling death rates. Killing snapping turtles by traps will only increase their population loss. They need to be protected, not killed. What sort of state passes laws to make it easy to eat their state reptile, the common snapping turtle? I respectfully ask you to vote no to Bill A2490.

Please call And email immediately* NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at*

*518-455-4100 *

Speaker@assembly.state.ny.us*

Reminder: stop NY State Bill A2490-2013 allowing capture & killing of snapping turtles. Its World Turtle Day, lets remind elected officials about that.

This bill will legalize the trapping and killing of snapping turtles at will. There are a multitude of reasons this bill is detrimental both to the turtle population and to the human population it cohabitants with.  I urge you all to read more about the bill and let your voice be heard. Below is a sample email sent to NYS Assembly Speaker by Elaine (on the Turtle Rescue Mailing list I take part in) who shared in case any of us feel we aren’t good with words. 

Read the Bill Here: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/A2490-2013

I’m writing regarding Bill A2490, which legalizes the capture and killing of snapping turtles by trapping. Snapping turtles are already permitted to be killed by gun and longbow, and recreational and commercial trapping will dramatically increase their already high number of deaths. Passing the proposed legislation would be a devastating blow to these vulnerable animals. The bill is cruel and scientifically wrong. It is not based on any proven science regarding snapping turtles or any other turtle species.

Turtles are already vulnerable to an existing multitude of threats, such as loss of habitat, high mortality rates of pregnant females crossing roadways, and high hatchling death rates. Killing snapping turtles by traps will only increase their population loss. They need to be protected, not killed. What sort of state passes laws to make it easy to eat their state reptile, the common snapping turtle? I respectfully ask you to vote no to Bill A2490.

Please call And email immediately* NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at*

*518-455-4100 *

Speaker@assembly.state.ny.us*

Sea Turtles Need Our Help! 

7 species of sea turtles are listed on the IUCN list (aka Red List of Endangered Species):

  • 1. Loggerhead (Caretta caretta): Endangered
  • 2. Green turtle (Chelonia mydas: Endangered
  • 3. Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea): Critically Endangered
  • 4. Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata): Critically Endangered
  • 5. Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii): Critically Endangered
  • 6. Olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea): Vulnerable
  • 7. Flatback (Natator depressus): Data Deficient )

We are lucky to have incredible conservation and rehabilitation organizations working hard to save as many turtles and nests as possible. 

Some ways to help! 

Sea Turtles Need Our Help! 

7 species of sea turtles are listed on the IUCN list (aka Red List of Endangered Species):

  • 1. Loggerhead (Caretta caretta): Endangered
  • 2. Green turtle (Chelonia mydas: Endangered
  • 3. Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea): Critically Endangered
  • 4. Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata): Critically Endangered
  • 5. Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii): Critically Endangered
  • 6. Olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea): Vulnerable
  • 7. Flatback (Natator depressus): Data Deficient )

We are lucky to have incredible conservation and rehabilitation organizations working hard to save as many turtles and nests as possible. 

Some ways to help!