Killing Florida Turtles to Satisfy Asian Demand

Posted by Trish Riley, January 15, 2009

chiaasen@miamiherald.com

Another story about human’s disregard for animals: Florida allows hundreds of turtles to be captured in Florida and killed in Asia, to be sold as food and as cures for a range of illnesses, including cancer. Asian’s demand for such turtles has nearly wiped them out of existence in their region; will the same soon be true in Florida? Read Hiaasen’s scathing report on the lax rules in Florida that may lead to the same plight.

For more about the endangered turtle population in Asia:

Asia’s Turtle Tragedy
By Anthony Mecir, National Wildlife Federation

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