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Stop Sea Turtle Farming in the Cayman Islands

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Originally Posted: January 21, 2013

Stop Sea Turtle Farming in the Cayman Islands

FROM Sea Turtle Restoration Project

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Sea Turtle Restoration Project is joining the international campaign to call for an end to turtle farming for consumption and a reform of the operations as a turtle rehabilitation and education center. Help us support the efforts of the World Society for the Protection of Animals to ends turtle farming in the Cayman Islands.

Sadly, in August 2012, Wildlife Extra News reported that after a leak of seawater from a pipe, 300 Green turtles died at the turtle farm on the Cayman Islands.

Sign online petitions (copy/paste URL into your browser):

From Sea Turtle Restoration Project:
http://action.seaturtles.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12112

From WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals):
http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=11&ea.campaign.id=17864

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

A recent investigation by animal rights defenders has revealed that sea turtles are living with open wounds in waste-filled waters at the Cayman Turtle Farm in the Caribbean, a popular tourist destination.

The findings provided clear evidence of a range of different welfare related issues including but not restricted to:

  1. overcrowding
  2. unsuitable captive conditions
  3. disease
  4. cannibalism; and
  5. unnecessary prolonged suffering

Sadly, in August 2012, Wildlife Extra News reported that after a leak of seawater from a pipe, 300 Green turtles died at the turtle farm on the Cayman Islands.

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Timothy Adam,

We are very concerned about the suffering and neglect discovered at the Cayman Turtle Farm, and its effects on the sea turtles' welfare. I am aware you were presented with findings from an investigation by an international animal rights organization that exposed the inhumane treatment of captive green sea turtles at your facility. We were alarmed to learn than in 2012 more than 300 sea turtles died due to a water leak at the facility.

With so much evidence to show that there is no way to farm gentle green sea turtles without intense cruelty, I firmly believe that sea turtle farming has no longer has a place in the Cayman Islands, or anywhere. Instead, your work should focus on rehabilitating these amazing and endangered wild marine dwellers and educating people about them.

You must immediately halt the inhumane public handling of turtles and start make formal steps to transition away from the commercial production of sea turtles for human consumption.

Concerned individuals around the world await your response. Please don’t disappoint us.

Yours sincerely... 


Thank you for everything you do for animals!


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