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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.

1-25 of 16268 signatures
Number Date Name Location
16268 3 hours ago Rita Wolff Hannover, ot , DE
16267 1 day ago angelika wegner burscheid, ot , DE
16266 4 days ago Bine Regensburger Innsbruck, AT+07 , AT
16265 4 days ago Bolly Maus Innsbruck, AT+07 , AT
16264 4 days ago Maria Klein Innsbruck, AT+07 , AT
16263 4 days ago Sabine Mayr Innsbruck, AT+07 , AT
16262 4 days ago Brigitte Hecht Regensburg, DE+02 , DE
16261 5 days ago Frank Ehmke Schachen, CH+02 , CH
16260 5 days ago Karin Guenther Cuxhaven, DE , DE
16259 6 days ago Michel Collin Bekkevoort, BE+12 , BE
16258 6 days ago ibrahim rexhepi ville la grand, FR+A6 , FR
16257 6 days ago Greg Jameson Gurnee, IL , US
16256 6 days ago Janina Grage Herne, ot , DE
16255 7 days ago Valerya Nikanorova Moscow, ot , RU
16254 7 days ago Iris Reinhard Friesenheim, ot , DE
16253 7 days ago Marion Schorr Belgium, BE+08 , BE
16252 7 days ago Jodi Igard Valley Village, CA , US
16251 7 days ago Renate Ebrecht Mannheim, ot , DE
16250 1 week ago Eva-Maria Haak Salzgitter, ot , DE
16249 1 week ago Sabine Mayr Innsbruck, AT+07 , AT
16248 1 week ago Cynthia Franke DE, DE+05 , DE
16247 1 week ago Antoinette Gonzales VICTORVILLE, CA , US
16246 1 week ago Lauren Gedlinske Apple Valley, MN , US
16245 1 week ago Marie - Louise Galliker Basel , CH
16244 1 week ago carol nealy monson, MA , US
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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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