Center for     Biological     Diversity   

Tell Missouri to Stop Unlimited For-profit Turtle Trapping

Snapping turtle

Because Missouri allows commercial trappers to take unlimited numbers of turtles from the state's rivers, thousands of the state's vulnerable turtles have been caught and killed over the past 10 years. Common snapping turtles and softshell turtles are sold domestically or exported to Asian markets to be slaughtered for food and medicine.

Commercial trapping is devastating to turtle populations that are already suffering from threats like habitat destruction, water pollution and getting hit by cars. That's why the Center for Biological Diversity and the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center have asked the Missouri Department of Conservation to ban for-profit exploitation of the state's turtles.

In response to our petition and because of your support, the department has agreed to address for-profit turtle trapping through a formal rulemaking.

State officials now need to hear that you support a complete ban on commercial trapping of Missouri's turtles. Please take action today.


Please take action by May 15, 2017.

Photo of snapping turtle by Dakota L.

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