Three Men Arrested For Selling A Ton Of Turtles
By Mick Joest 2014-07-17 08:45:44
Three men in Florida were charged with multiple felonies after harvesting, selling, and buying around a ton of freshwater turtles. The commercial harvesting of freshwater turtles is illegal in Florida, due to the over harvesting in other parts of the world for food. The law was put in place not only to protect the species, but to allow Americans to experience wild turtles in their natural habitat. If you are at home currently sweating as you look at your reptile tank, donít worry, YOU can still collect and keep turtles.
It may seem odd, or even hypocritical to allow recreational harvesting when people are going to jail for commercial use, but thatís Florida for you. Granted three men taking over two thousand pounds worth of turtle will undoubtedly affect the wildlife far greater than a family looking for a pet, but why not protect the species altogether? The report doesnít really delve into the act of recreational harvesting so I donít know the details. What I do know is that I think itís cruel to remove a turtle from its home.
Turtles are a different breed from the domesticated pets of the world. Just because they donít put up as much of a fight as the other wild animals of the area doesnít mean itís cool to just take them home. They have better access to food outside, more water, and they donít have to chill in a cage. Maybe Iím empathizing too much with a wild turtle here, but Iím just not cool with recreational harvesting being okay.
If your turtle was born into domestication I have no qualms. Itís the life they know, and putting them back in the wild will kill them quick. Taking a wild animal and forcing it to a life in a cage is a pretty sad reality though when you think about it. Youíre living your life, following your dreams and going about your day, when boom youíre in a prison. Sure you get food and fun occasionally, but ultimately itís not the life you wanted. I think Iím about to raid a turtle farm. BRB guys.