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Demand End to Torture of Endangered Turtles in Trinidad and Tobago

December 2, 2012
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BACKGROUND | SOURCE PETA

Every year, endangered leatherback and green sea turtles arrive on the beaches of Trinidad and Tobago to lay their eggs, which local fishermen lie in wait to harvest. The helpless turtles are reportedly then flipped onto their backs and, unable to right themselves, are left for days until they are purchased by traders. They are then killed for their flesh, and the rest of their carcasses are left to rot or are tossed into the garbage. Despite a 2011 ban on the harvesting of sea turtles in Trinidad and Tobago, the killing reportedly continues. Click here  to see photos of this tragedy.

Sea turtles are intelligent, peaceful, and graceful animals who spend their lives exploring in the ocean and foraging. As adults, these determined animals migrate in large groups over vast distances—up to thousands of miles—back to the sandy beaches where they were born in order to reproduce. Female sea turtles are known to brave extreme obstacles to get home and are notably loyal to their mates. And largely because of hunting, fishing, and human encroachment, only one in 1,000 leatherback turtles survives to adulthood!

Please contact the below officials and politely urge them to enforce the ban on the harvesting of sea turtles. And please forward this alert widely.


WHOM TO CONTACT

Email Block:

info@fplma.gov.tt ; fishdiv@malmr.gov.tt ; info@agriculture.gov.tt

Individual:

The Honourable Devant Maharaj
Minister of Food Production
info@fplma.gov.tt

Fisheries Monitoring, Surveillance and Enforcement Unit
fishdiv@malmr.gov.tt

The Honourable Gary Melville
Secretary of Agriculture, Marine Affairs and the Environment
info@agriculture.gov.tt


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Honourable Maharaj, Honourable Melville, and Enforcement Unit,

Every year, endangered leatherback and green sea turtles arrive on the beaches of Trinidad and Tobago to lay their eggs, which local fishermen lie in wait to harvest. The helpless turtles are reportedly then flipped onto their backs and, unable to right themselves, are left for days until they are purchased by traders. They are then killed for their flesh, and the rest of their carcasses are left to rot or are tossed into the garbage. Despite a 2011 ban on the harvesting of sea turtles in Trinidad and Tobago, the killing reportedly continues.

Turtles are complex animals who experience suffering and joy, and who also have the capacity to nurture complex relationships and display grief upon separation. Despite these human-like conditions, they are still relentlessly and callously killed, and who, when caught, struggle frantically and futilely in an effort to escape.

Please take this opportunity to enforce the important ban on protecting these animals who are vital, in and of themselves, and also, to a fragile ecosystem; I sincerely hope you will demonstrate a commitment to protect, rather than harm, animals.

I know your time is limited and I thank you for your attention to this urgent appeal.

Sincerely,

NAME



we are sea turtles
as gentle as can be,
why don’t you humans,
leave us in peace
in the sea!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


8 Comments leave one →
  1. Duane permalink
    December 2, 2012 8:26 pm

    will send NOW

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  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    December 3, 2012 3:56 am

    we are sea turtles
    as gentle as can be,
    why don’t you humans,
    leave us in peace
    in the sea!!!!

    Like

  3. December 3, 2012 5:24 pm

    Thanksent email and sharing in several places great poem Karen

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