Reform Trade Practices that Kill Turtles

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Originally Posted: 8 August 2011

Reform Trade Practices that Kill Turtles

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FROM Center for Biological Diversity

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More than 12 million wild-caught freshwater turtles were exported from the United States in the past five years. Freshwater turtles are facing increasing, unsustainable commercial harvest in the United States to supply food and medicinal markets in Southeast Asia, as well as worldwide demand for "pet" industries.

To save many millions of these animals, tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose that several species of freshwater turtles be considered for regulation under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

Sign an online petition:
http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7511

And/Or make direct contact:

Division of Scientific Authority
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 110
Arlington, VA 22203
phone (703) 358-1708
fax (703) 358-2276
scientificauthority@fws.gov

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

The United States is a turtle biodiversity hotspot, home to more types of turtles than any other country in the world. Unfortunately, unregulated international trade is rapidly depleting this rich native heritage: More than 12 million wild-caught freshwater turtles were exported from the United States in the past five years.

Given the enormity of this commerce, the United States has a duty to take a leading role in promoting responsible commercial turtle trade. Regulation under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is critical to ensuring that international trade does not threaten the survival of our wild freshwater turtle populations.

Unregulated international trade is contributing to the depletion of America's wild turtle populations -- including rare map turtles that are already at risk of extinction. Removing even a few adults from the wild can cause population crashes for some species of freshwater turtles, so large-scale collection is an added threat for turtle species already suffering from habitat loss, water pollution and road mortality.


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