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Sinking Reptiles World Turtle Day Sounds Alarm


Since 2000, people around the globe have celebrated World Turtle Day, held this year on May 23, to increase respect for and knowledge of the world’s oldest creatures. Susan Tellem, co-founder with Marshall Thompson of American Turtle Rescue (ATR), states, “These gentle animals have been around for about 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of the exotic food industry, habitat destruc- tion and the cruel pet trade.” They believe that turtles may be extinct within 50 years and suggest ways to increase their chances for survival for future generations:


n Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop; it increases demand from the wild.


n Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured.


n If a tortoise is crossing a street, pick it up and gently place it on the other side in the same direction it was headed.


n Write legislators about keeping sensitive habitats preserved.


n Report cruelty or illegal sales to a local animal control shelter.


n Report the sale of any turtle or tor- toise less than four inches long, which is illegal throughout the U.S.


For more information, visit Tortoise.com or Facebook.com/AmericanTortoise Rescue.


The older you get, the more you realize it’s not what happens, but how you deal with it.


~Tina Turner natural awakenings May 2014 13


Expires 05-31-14


Expires 05-31-14


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