Center for Biological Diversity

Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Protect Freshwater Turtles

Blanding's turtle
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Many freshwater turtles species teeter dangerously close to extinction and urgently need your help. Unregulated international trade is depleting native turtle populations in the U.S. at an alarming rate -- each year millions of wild-caught freshwater turtles are exported from the U.S.
 
In response to a 2011 Center for Biological Diversity petition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) for Blanding's turtles, spotted turtles and diamondback terrapins. Once a species is listed under CITES, international trade is monitored and regulated with permits.

Take action below and tell the Fish and Wildlife Service that you support CITES protections for freshwater turtles -- before it's too late.

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Read more about our campaign to save freshwater turtles here.

Photo of Blanding's turtle courtesy Maine.gov.

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