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End the Torture of Endangered Turtles

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. 

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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
info@fplma.gov.tt

Fisheries Monitoring
Surveillance and Enforcement Unit
fishdiv@malmr.gov.tt

The Honourable Gary Melville
Secretary of Agriculture
Marine Affairs and the Environment
info@agriculture.gov.tt
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  • Profile photo of aqilzidan

    316 days ago

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    THEY LOOK SO PRETTY AND CALM PLEASE SHOW SOME MERCY ON THEM

  • Profile photo of sondralyn93

    748 days ago

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    Why? I mean the turtles are just coming to lay their eggs and be on their way, but no stupid ignorant people.have to go and kill them for money or goods. If we did this to humans who are having children the whole world would flip out but because its turtles people think its ok. This makes me sick!

  • Profile photo of alchamist

    802 days ago

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    Just sent this :)

    Dear The Honourable Gary Melville,

    I was upset to hear that despite a 2011 ban on the harvesting of sea turtles in Trinidad and Tobago, the killing reportedly continues.
    As you know, sea turtles are peaceful and intelligent animals, who go to the beaches to lay their eggs. It therefore greatly dismays me and many others that local fishers harvest them once they are on the beach, by reportedly flipping them onto their backs and, unable to move, are left for days until they are purchased by traders.
    I urge you to enforce the ban on harvesting these poor turtles.

    Yours sincerely,

    Read more: http://www.peta2.com/achievements/#ixzz2XCn34pbS

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    852 days ago

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    I sent this, feel free to use it:

    Dear The Honourable Gary Melville,

    I was upset to hear that despite a 2011 ban on the harvesting of sea turtles in Trinidad and Tobago, the killing reportedly continues.
    As you know, sea turtles are peaceful and intelligent animals, who go to the beaches to lay their eggs. It therefore greatly dismays me and many others that local fishers harvest them once they are on the beach, by reportedly flipping them onto their backs and, unable to move, are left for days until they are purchased by traders.
    I urge you to enforce the ban on harvesting these poor turtles.

    Yours sincerely,

  • Profile photo of jewellrenee143

    938 days ago

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    I <3 turtles. Why would anyone want to hurt them?

  • Profile photo of CarliBayBee

    940 days ago

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    I can’t understand why they don’t have beach patrols during this week that the turtles are laying their eggs. They’re vulnerable and can’t protect themselves against poachers. Once a species is extinct, they’re gone. Makes no sense that people won’t do more to help.

  • Profile photo of vicki012

    947 days ago

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    ahwwwwwww. turtles are extremely cute and should never be eaten it is wrong to do such a thing.

  • Profile photo of fesboi

    949 days ago

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    I am from Puerto Rico and here is illegal to capture or eat a sea turtle but in Republica Dominicana its no a crime to capture or sell their meat and even consume their eggs. My opinion is to prevent the extinction of the sea turtle or Carey is necessary to change the law in Republica Dominicana to prevent a mayor lost of this creature. Forgive my English, I speak Spanish, thank you.

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    1007 days ago

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    Why should turtles be harvested for their flesh? Why is such a creature used as a food source? If a human was to be killed for their flesh this would be seen as inhumane and wrong so why should a turtle another innocent creature be treated in such a terrible way? If this continues we will lose such a beautiful species and for what? Just so someone can eat! I am sure you would not stand by and let such a thing happen for such a poor reason all I can say is to enforce the ban on harvesting sea turtles for their sake.