End Unsustainable Commercial Harvest of Wild Turtles

Reports and discussions on all aspects of tortoise and turtle conservation.

End Unsustainable Commercial Harvest of Wild Turtles

Postby suej » Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:54 am

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/03/11-20

I found this rather disturbing

TUSCON, Ariz - March 11 - The Center for Biological Diversity and two dozen other conservation and health groups today filed emergency petitions with eight Midwestern and southern states, seeking to end unsustainable commercial harvest of freshwater turtles. The coalition submitted administrative petitions to state wildlife and health agencies in Arkansas , Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee, asking for a ban on commercial harvest of freshwater turtles in all public and private waters. The commercial-harvest regulations are needed to prevent further depletions of native turtle populations and to protect public health. Freshwater turtles collected in these states and sold domestically as food or exported to international food markets are often contaminated with mercury, PCBs, and pesticides.

“Unregulated wildlife dealers are mining southern and midwestern streams for turtles for the export trade, in a frenzy reminiscent of the gold rush,” said Jeff Miller, conservation advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Commercial collectors could harvest every non-protected turtle that exists in the wild under the inadequate regulations that currently exist in these states. Turtles are an important part of aquatic ecosystems, and this unsustainable trade needs to be stopped.”

sue j
suej
 
Posts: 2442
Joined: Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:52 pm

Re: End Unsustainable Commercial Harvest of Wild Turtles

Postby Eversfield » Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:15 am

Of course, this subject has also been publicised in other States in the USA. Wild caught adult Soft shell Turtles have been exported out of the USA to supply the seemingly insatiable demand from China for live Turtle Meat in their food markets.We have known, for many years that this commercial harvest has effectively vacuumed up Fresh Water Turtles and Tortoises from all over the world, and probably represents the greatest threat to any entire Vertebrate group the world has ever seen.
Paul Eversfield
Eversfield
 
Posts: 984
Joined: Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:38 pm

Re: End Unsustainable Commercial Harvest of Wild Turtles

Postby suej » Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:28 am

Its very sad, how many of those snapping turtles sold as pets will get proper care, how many will just be released into rivers and ponds in countries that are not suitable environments and how many will end up in rescue and rehoming centres.

I do fear that the only place left to see wildlife will be zoos and wildlife parks.
sue j
suej
 
Posts: 2442
Joined: Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:52 pm

Re: End Unsustainable Commercial Harvest of Wild Turtles

Postby Eversfield » Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:49 am

Sue, do not think that the pet trade is a significant part of this trade. The consumption as stated in the article is for Food !
To properly understand the scale of this, you need to see other links and articles.
Paul Eversfield
Eversfield
 
Posts: 984
Joined: Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:38 pm

Re: End Unsustainable Commercial Harvest of Wild Turtles

Postby suej » Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:18 am

Oh yes the biggest market is the far east for food and also the many "China Towns" world wide. This is a horrible trade and while people eat meat there will always be those individuals who want to eat turtle.

While the pet trade is less significant in numbers taken the impact for those animals can be in some ways much worse than those taken for food. A snapping turtle does not make a good pet, it may make a stunning specimen in a pond, but it really does not need to be promoted in the pet trade. Softshells are another example, they grow way too big for the average person to be able to care for properly - same goes for cooters. Unfortunately pet shops and garden centres still sell them at around 5cms and cannot cope with taking back any that survive to reach the adult size. The result is the local fishing lakes end up with them.
sue j
suej
 
Posts: 2442
Joined: Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:52 pm

Re: End Unsustainable Commercial Harvest of Wild Turtles

Postby lucycaspar75 » Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:08 am

Could I suggest a boycott of Tesco's who sell wild caught turtles live from their shops in China. Their preferred method of slaughter is to cut the turtle's head off which has been shown to continue to survive for up to 10 mins after decapitation.

They have put guidelines in place to reduce suffering (blow to head after decapitation...)however it has been shown that some shops will advise buyers how to kill the turtle at home ie decapitation and severing limbs.

This level of suffering is unacceptable on all levels before you even get to the question of conservation, me thinks... :cry:
lucycaspar75
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:36 am

Re: End Unsustainable Commercial Harvest of Wild Turtles

Postby Tortoise Trust » Tue Apr 21, 2009 5:02 pm

http://nytts.org/Asianturtlecrisis.html

http://tortoise-aid.org/asianturtles.html

Some of these links are extremely gruesome and unpleasant. Be warned.

This has been going on for years and sadly "political correctness" plays a big role in it continuing, especially in the US.

Andy
Tortoise Trust
 
Posts: 8895
Joined: Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:07 pm
Location: Almeria, Spain


Return to Chelonian Conservation

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

cron