Stop Catching Wild Turtles for Turtle Races
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Stop Catching Wild Turtles for Turtle Races

Eastern box turtle

Turtles are dying off at an alarming pace -- rates never seen before -- under pressure from habitat loss, road kill and other threats. But one of those threats could prove fairly simple to tackle: turtle races. Annual turtle races strain native populations every year -- thousands of turtles are removed from the wild and raced in small towns across the country.

It's easy to believe little harm is done when turtles are caught, then released into the wild after races, but the fact is that these races can expose turtles to deadly diseases. Those diseases spread to wild populations when the turtles are released. Ranavirus is a sickness causing particular concern; it has led to widespread turtle, frog and salamander deaths in 25 states.

Many of the threats native turtles face are difficult problems to solve -- but turtle races have an easy fix. Just stop using turtles caught in the wild. Many towns already use creative substitutes for wild-caught turtles, such as river races using rubber turtles or races where people pull toy turtles on strings.

Sign our petition and ask communities to stop using wild-caught turtles in their turtle races.


26-50 of 17280 signatures
Number Date Name
17255 3 weeks ago Wendy Chrisman
17254 3 weeks ago Joanne McGrath
17253 3 weeks ago Karola Windweh
17252 3 weeks ago Nancy Telese
17251 3 weeks ago sara sexton
17250 3 weeks ago Deanna Horton
17249 3 weeks ago Ramiro Noguerol
17248 3 weeks ago Anonymous
17247 3 weeks ago Elaine Nations
17246 3 weeks ago Dennis Kaplan
17245 3 weeks ago Bruce Abbott
17244 3 weeks ago Annie Bien
17243 4 weeks ago Susan Pernot
17242 4 weeks ago sara sexton
17241 4 weeks ago patrick BOOT
17240 4 weeks ago manuela agnese platto
17239 4 weeks ago Jim And Sophie Swirczynski
17238 4 weeks ago Audrey Valès
17237 4 weeks ago Arlene Zuckerman
17236 4 weeks ago Bonnie Steiger
17235 4 weeks ago Cathie Ernst
17234 4 weeks ago walter erhorn
17233 4 weeks ago JOYCE SHIFFRIN
17232 4 weeks ago Kim Sellon
17231 4 weeks ago Rhonda Vanecek
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Please take action by Jan. 5, 2018.

Photo of eastern box turtle by Ken Thomas/Wikimedia Commons.

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