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World Turtle Day

May 22, 2011

May 23 is World Turtle Day. And who doesn’t love turtles? Find out more about this holiday and what you can do to celebrate!

Turtles in May

The month of May is actually very busy for most turtles, which makes it the perfect time to celebrate these cute reptiles. Many turtles are emerging from their winter hibernation this time of year and starting their search for a mate and a place to nest and lay their eggs

Turtles in Danger

There are many reasons that turtles in the wild are in danger. For example, did you know that turtles are the reptile that’s most affected by the pet trade, as well as by the food and medicine industries? People come up with all sorts of reasons and excuses to hunt and kill turtles – we don’t think any of them are very good ones. Sure, it’s nice to have your own pet – but isn’t it nicer to see an animal in its natural habitat, living its life the way it was meant to, just like you’re doing?

How to Help

World Turtle Day began in 2000 by the American Tortoise Rescue organization. This group brings attention to turtle conservation and highlights ways each of us can help protect these gentle but endangered creatures. Here are some of the things you can do to help:

  • Don’t litter: Pollution and garbage you throw on the ground makes its way into many different bodies of water and wild areas where turtles live, poisoning their homes and habitats. Garbage, like plastic bags, kills many pond and sea turtles who either ingest it or become tangled in it.
  • Stop turtle exploitation: Never, ever agree to participate in or go to a turtle race. These events involve taking turtles out of their natural habitats and exposing them to tons of danger and stress.
  • Give turtles a brake: If you see a turtle or tortoise crossing the road, gently pick him up and carry him across in the direction he was headed. If the turtle is a large one or a snapping turtle, use a stick to GENTLY nudge him across the road without getting too close. Make sure you watch for cars and get them to stop until both you and the turtle are safe.
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Internet Gamer
I used to have a turtle... darn
commented: Sat Jan 12, 2013

Blind Faith

Blind Faith wrote:

OMG WORLD TURTLE DAY.
commented: Sat Jan 12, 2013

Mindlessbehavior210
cool
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Crisanna posted in Debating:
"Teh_Skittlez" wrote: "Crisanna" wrote: AlphaT: it's not even living yet, it doesn't have a heart beat! If you take a pregnancy test, it shows positive, and then you go to a feminine doctor to make sure, do you get an ultrasound? No because you won't find a heartbeat. You get a blood test, or maybe even a ##### sample. Heartbeat is not the measure of living or not living. Many organisms don't even have hearts. It is 'alive', but not conscious. I think that's the more important distinction.  Yes this is true. But let me put it this way. Let's say a 13 year old girl got pregnant against her will. She, and her baby, may not make it through the birth. And with the possibilty of her death and the baby's, you'll still say that she can not get an abortion? That is just not right.
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Teh_Skittlez posted in Debating:
"AlphaT" wrote: "Teh_Skittlez" wrote: Which is why I made the ant comparison. All living things have some value, and killing any of them is morally wrong. However, we do not treat all death or all killing the same way, and I do not believe that locking people in prison for abortion is going to resolve the fact that sometimes women will try to get rid of their pregnancies.   With all crime, making it illegal will not resolve it. But it will slim down immensely. Okay but now we're imprisoning otherwise productive members of society, for the goal of 'sending a message' that society doesn't approve of abortion. I think that's rather totalitarian. 
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"AlphaT" wrote: "Teh_Skittlez" wrote: Which is why I made the ant comparison. All living things have some value, and killing any of them is morally wrong. However, we do not treat all death or all killing the same way, and I do not believe that locking people in prison for abortion is going to resolve the fact that sometimes women will try to get rid of their pregnancies.   With all crime, making it illegal will not resolve it. But it will slim down immensely. That's definitely NOT how crime works. When you make something illegal that people want you just create an unsafe market for it. Prohibition is the best example of this 
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