Freshwater turtles are facing more and more devastating overharvest in the
United States for sale to the pet industry and food and medicinal markets
in Asia. Beautiful map turtles are already endangered, and unregulated
international trade is rapidly destroying them and other native turtles.
Protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species would put limits on international trade and monitor their
In response to a petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the
US Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that it may propose 17
species of US freshwater turtles for CITES protection at the next meeting
in Thailand. The agency has invited the public to comment on which species
should be listed.
Please take action now to tell the Service to protect US freshwater turtles
from falling victim to an insatiable international market.
Take action by using this Web address:
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