Help Reform Trade Practices That Kill Turtles

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Help Reform Trade Practices That Kill Turtles

Post by Turtle Jo » Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:18 am

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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.

Click on the link below for a form to complete to urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose several species of freshwater turtles for regulation under CITES.

--Alligator snapping turtle (Macroclemys temminckii)
--Map turtles (Graptemys spp.)
--Soft-shell turtles (Apalone spp.)
--Spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata)
--Blanding's turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)
--Diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin)

http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/o ... n_KEY=7511
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Re: Help Reform Trade Practices That Kill Turtles

Post by Maria » Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:07 am

Done ~thmbu
0.1.0 Pseudemys concinna concinna
1.0.0 Trachemys scripta scripta
2.6.0 Malaclemys terrapin terrapin

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Re: Help Reform Trade Practices That Kill Turtles

Post by suej » Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:53 am

done ~thmbu
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Re: Help Reform Trade Practices That Kill Turtles

Post by Neil » Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:23 pm

Done, however my concern is that, as with many of these types of letter, once they realise that there is a template going around and being used, they pay less attention to them...
0.1.0 - Chelydra serpentina
*.*.* - Graptemys ouachitensis
*.*.* - Pseudemys concinna
*.*.* - Pseudemys nelsoni
*.*.* - Trachemys scripta elegans
*.*.* - Trachemys scripta scripta

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Re: Help Reform Trade Practices That Kill Turtles

Post by Hendrix » Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:12 am

Done Jo, but my experience is that the good old US of A has a P*** poor history of doing the decent thing!

"Hell, we'll use turtles as target practice................."


They don't do anything outside USA or environment, wildlife, indigenous populations within it IMHO ~ang-cnsrd

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Re: Help Reform Trade Practices That Kill Turtles

Post by Turtle Jo » Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:16 pm

Nothing to stop anyone penning a letter in their own words rather than using the template given ;)
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Re: Help Reform Trade Practices That Kill Turtles

Post by Eversfield » Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:10 pm

The export of live, wild caught terrapins from the USA, to the huge food and medicine markets of Asia, has escalated, in recent years and it has been said that huge quantities of animals, especially the North American Soft shell species (Apalone spp), have been shipped out of Tampa in Florida, in big numbers.This prompted, the urgent federal actions last year to encourage increased legislation.
This story rally does need to get a wider audience and highlights the intense threat this whole group of animals is suffering from.

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