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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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Which Wacky Turtle Fact Is True?

  • The world's largest turtles don't have shells.
  • Leatherback turtles can race as fast as 35 km/h (22 m/h).
  • Giant tortoises can live to be over 170 years old!
  • All of the above.

General In The Forums

Abbergrl
Abbergrl posted in Random:
The whole "social" thing is messed up. People have to be and act a certain way to get into anything, weather it's a stupid friendship groip or a certain field. WHy can't we just be recognised and accepted for who we are and for our talants? Why can't we do things the way we want to? WHy do we feel we need to please others by doing it their way? Half the time, they don't even ask us to do things their way. And what everyone else said, I couldn't agree more.
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Kirsteeeeen
Kirsteeeeen posted in Debating:
i have changed my views on things like this, i think 99% of people that hunt and the people that complain about the hunting are complete hypocrites though.  if you think that its justified to kill an animal in a given context, you must have a difference between a human and the animal that if true of the human would justify killing the animal, otherwise you say X justifies killing something but doesnt justify killing something ate the same time, which of course is a contradiction. hopefully people can understand that.  What gives, polar bears for example, the right to kill humans for food but doesn't give humans the right to kill an animal for food?
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Tennis123
Tennis123 posted in Debating:
i have changed my views on things like this, i think 99% of people that hunt and the people that complain about the hunting are complete hypocrites though.  if you think that its justified to kill an animal in a given context, you must have a difference between a human and the animal that if true of the human would justify killing the animal, otherwise you say X justifies killing something but doesnt justify killing something ate the same time, which of course is a contradiction. hopefully people can understand that. 
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Tennis123
Tennis123 posted in Random:
sensitivity and having a victim complex
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Tennis123
Tennis123 posted in Debating:
i think the possibility is very, very high. i would also consider things like bacteria or others simple living organisms that live on other planets aliens too btw.
reply about 9 hours