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Don’t Buy the Turtles

Chinatown turtles

Anyone who’s walked through Chinatown at least once, has probably noticed the buckets of miniature, baby turtles for sale. This cruel practice of shoving too many (soon to be dead) turtles in a bucket is not only disgusting, it’s illegal. Don’t support the turtle sellers. Leave the turtles there.

If you really want a turtle, you can adopt one who actually lived long enough to be abandoned.

The Chicago Sun Times reported today:

“Rescue groups say that, along with New York’s Chinatown, Myrtle Beach is one of the largest sources for illegal turtles sold on the East Coast.

Myrtle Beach police recently raided five beachwear stores and seized 200 red-eared sliders, which found a new home at Alligator Adventure in North Myrtle Beach.

Federal law prohibits the sale of any turtle with a shell smaller than 4 inches. The law was written to prevent the spread of salmonella to small children but conservationists say it also protects the turtles.”

Story Link:
Groups urge restraint in buying illegal turtles

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