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Every year, endangered leatherback and green sea turtles arrive on the beaches of Trinidad and Tobago to lay their eggs, which local fishers are waiting to harvest. The helpless turtles are reportedly then flipped onto their backs and, unable to move, are left for days until they are purchased by traders. They are then killed for their flesh, and the rest of their dead bodies are left to rot or are tossed into the garbage! Despite a 2011 ban on the harvesting of sea turtles in Trinidad and Tobago, the killing reportedly continues. Check out the photos of this tragedy.
Sea turtles are intelligent and peaceful animals who spend their lives exploring in the ocean. As adults, these determined animals migrate in large groups over long distances—up to thousands of miles—back to the sandy beaches where they were born in order to reproduce. Female sea turtles are known to overcome extreme obstacles to get home and are very loyal to their mates. And largely because of hunting, fishing, and human intrusion, only one in 1,000 leatherback turtles survive to adulthood!
Please contact the officials below and politely urge them to enforce the ban on the harvesting of sea turtles. And don’t forget to submit a copy of your e-mail by clicking the “Get Points” tab above for 150 points!
Send polite comments to:
The Honourable Devant Maharaj
Minister of Food Production
Surveillance and Enforcement Unit