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Burned Alive - Help Stop BP from Torching Endangered Sea Turtles

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Endangered sea turtles are being burned alive as part of BP's careless oil spill cleanup efforts.

This is unacceptable. These rare, important turtles are becoming trapped in the oily surface of the Gulf and then torched by cleanup crews in "controlled burns" of corralled oil -- any wildlife caught inside the corral are literally burned alive.

And it's illegal: As protected species under the Endangered Species Act, anyone responsible for killing a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle -- the turtle most affected by the Gulf oil disaster -- is liable for criminal penalties including prison time and civil fines of up to $25,000 for each violation.

As reported in The New York Times, the oil cleanup crew's "so-called burn boxes are torching oil from the water's surface at the sacrifice of turtles, crabs, sea slugs and other sea life."

Take action below right now and send this to all your friends. Tell BP to stop torching endangered sea turtles. The turtles should not be burned alive in the process of cleaning up the oil spill that's already destroying their habitat. We can stop it and get the turtles out of harm’s way with your help.

BP: Stop blocking the rescue of endangered sea turtles before you burn them alive in your surface oil "controlled burn" cleanup operations. You have a responsibility to protect these rare, important turtles and it is illegal under the Endangered Species Act to kill these imperiled species.
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36303 Wed Aug 11 15:53:43 EDT 2010 Anne Romanow Schaumburg, IL , UM
36302 Wed Aug 11 15:36:22 EDT 2010 Joan Payne Kincaid Sea Cliff, NY , US
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In situ burn photo courtesy Flickr Commons/Deepwater Horizon Response; Kemp's Ridley sea turtle photo by Bill Reaves, Texas Parks and Wildlife.