Center for Biological Diversity

Help Reform Trade Practices That Kill Turtles

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The United States is a turtle biodiversity hotspot, home to more types of turtles than any other country in the world. Unfortunately, unregulated international trade is rapidly depleting this rich native heritage: More than 12 million wild-caught freshwater turtles were exported from the United States in the past five years.

Given the enormity of this commerce, the United States has a duty to take a leading role in promoting responsible commercial turtle trade. Regulation under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is critical to ensuring that international trade does not threaten the survival of our wild freshwater turtle populations.

We need your help to stop this harmful turtle trade.
Please use the form below to urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose several species of freshwater turtles for regulation under CITES.

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Spotted turtle photo by John J. Mosesso, USGS.

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The Center's petition providing information on the status of freshwater turtles in the United States and recommending species for inclusion in CITES Appendix II, as well as background information on commercial harvest of freshwater turtles, can be found at: