12 Apr '12, 10pm

Wild Turtles May Finally Get Reprieve From International Trade:

Wild Turtles May Finally Get Reprieve From International Trade:

More types of turtles live in the United States than in any other country in the world. Sadly, though, more than 2 million wild, freshwater turtles are caught and exported from the United States each year. Most are used to supply food and medicinal markets in Asia, where turtle consumption rates have soared and where native populations of turtles have already been decimated. Overharvest has caused population declines in almost all turtle species and many are now either protected under the Endangered Species Act or under consideration for such protection. But there’s another crucial step in saving these turtles: restricting their trade overseas. Fortunately, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just announced that it may propose 17 species of freshwater turtles for protection at the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/wild-turtles-may-finally-get-...

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