Be a Hero to Turtles by Refusing to Support the Cruel Exotic-‘Pet’ Trade

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After the release of movies or TV shows featuring animals (even animated ones), people often get caught up in the fad of buying real-life versions of the animal stars.

For example, despite the movie’s anti-captivity message, sales of clownfish soared after the release of Finding Nemo, as did sales of owls in the wake of the Harry Potter movies. According to Blue Cross, the number of huskies and similar breeds at its rehoming centres has increased by 700 per cent over the past five years, likely because of fans of fantasy shows and films such as Game of Thrones and Twilight. Later, after realising that it’s difficult to make a lifetime commitment to an animal purchased on impulse, many buyers either ignore their briefly cherished companion animals or abandon them.

So, with the upcoming release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, PETA is writing to parents groups urging families not to rush out and buy turtles.

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Because of issues with abusive dealers, breeders and smugglers, not to mention guardians who have no idea how to care for an exotic animal properly, buying a turtle is a bad idea from start to finish. Pet shop employees are rarely trained to tend to the complex social, physical and psychological needs of reptiles and therefore can’t educate even the best-intentioned prospective caretakers. It is predictable, then, that stress, disease and death will follow.

A recent scientific analysis in The Biologist, a prestigious magazine published by the Society of Biology, shows that three-quarters of all “pet” reptiles die during their first year in UK homes.

Reptiles are often infected with salmonellosis and other zoonotic diseases. In the 1970s, the sale of turtles less than 4 inches long was banned in the US in order to stop the growing number of reported salmonellosis cases. The ban resulted in a 77 per cent reduction in the disease the following year.

Taking on the responsibility of caring for an animal is a serious matter and shouldn’t be done on a whim. If you can give an animal a home, visit a shelter – where the staff will take the time to discuss your circumstances and find the perfect animal match for you – rather than a heartless breeder or a money-grabbing pet shop.


  • Carol. Russell commented on October 17, 2014 at 7:30 am

    This IWas got to stop.

    • mouliani commented on October 21, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      who cares as long as u can take care of the turtle then keep it ive had a turtle for 7 yrs an hes perfectly fine.he stays outside in a 45 gallon tank and is taken carew of every day its not that hard

  • karin williams commented on October 18, 2014 at 8:24 am

    be responsible – don’t buy or sell turtles

  • Yvette Peacock commented on October 18, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Please STOP this abuse and greed there or so many more item that could be used instead.

    The turtles have to die for this horrific trade.

    OMG please stop this?

  • eva moldovanyi commented on October 18, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Stop abuse!!

  • Anna Rollon commented on October 18, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Please stop supporting animal trade. They are kidnapped from their natural habitat for greedy profit. We should stop tolerating this! Live and let others live too.

  • Dreda Ilyas commented on October 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

    This must stop.

  • John yates commented on October 18, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Please consider the wellbeing of exotic animal’s, they should be in their natural environment

  • diane stenersen commented on October 18, 2014 at 9:21 am

    i wish people would bloody leave our animals etc alone

  • Rianne Strijkers commented on October 18, 2014 at 9:29 am

    This must be stopped!

  • Allan Bartlett-Key commented on October 18, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Animals belong in the natural world, not in peoples living rooms. Please don’t support this vile trade, and let them live how they should do.

  • Patricia Quintanilla commented on October 18, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Let’s stop this please, it’s cruel!!
    Please let’s do something xoxo

  • Tao Grier commented on October 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    All animals should be in their natural habitat, not in a tank top a cage!! Please stop.

  • Jake commented on October 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    This has to stop

  • Cynthia Young commented on October 18, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Stop exotic animal trade

  • andrea castleton commented on October 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    please look into your hearts and stop this now

  • Joanne Williams commented on October 18, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Exotic animals belong in their own habitat.
    Owning one is not clever, this has to stop for their sake.
    Breeders, suppliers etc of these animals should be subjected to the same treatment the animals experience.

  • Hector Glez commented on October 19, 2014 at 12:05 am


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  • Doreen Sevilla commented on October 19, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Stop this nonsense

  • Kerry Nasle commented on October 19, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Please don’t purchase one of these beautiful, exotic creatures for your own enjoyment. They should be left to live their life in the environment they are familiar with. Put yourself in their position… Would you want to live in an atrium with no natural stimulation? I would think not. Do the right thing for these creatures and don’t buy them as pets.

    Thank you.

  • Deb jones commented on October 19, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    stop this cruelty

  • lisa commented on October 21, 2014 at 8:06 am

    if you have one it needs to be looked after properly I have had one now for 10 yrs and she lives in a big turtle tub that’s over 5foot long and she is happy and healthy .

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