The Yellow-Spotted Amazon River Turtle is just one of the many incredible turtles and tortoises at high risk of extinction mostly due to the illegal wildlife trade.
The realities of wildlife smuggling are ugly images of animals ripped from their homes in the wild, arms and legs taped up, shoved into compartments or containers, and shipped overseas to be sold as pets, for their shells, or for food. Mostly, to be sold as pets. People that do this pose as breeders and sell these animals to pet stores claiming they were hatched under their care when they very clearly were not. Those that don’t die in transit often have health issues that impact them for a lifetime. The only way to stop is to stop the demand.
This is not a pretty issue but one that MUST be discussed. Those of us that care about turtles and tortoises have to do what we can to spread information, support organizations working to rescue these animals, and remind people not to say NO to buying turtles and tortoises this way.