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Animals Win! Turtle Torture Event Stopped

Written by Michelle Kretzer | August 3, 2012

Thanks to your efforts, this will be the first time in 15 years that August passes without the torture of turtles in a barbaric event called “Snapperfest” at Campshore Campground in Aurora, Indiana.

Animal advocates were appalled last year when they saw the video that PETA posted showing participants who slammed turtles into the ground, shoved their hands inside the turtles’ shells, and yanked the animals’ heads out so that the “competitors” could wrap their hands around the turtles’ necks. It’s easy to see how the turtles could be seriously injured or even killed:

Hundreds of thousands of you begged officials to intervene, and PETA pushed for cruelty-to-animals charges against participants. After a year of campaigning, our efforts have paid off. The state’s Department of Natural Resources announced that it will ensure that “Snapperfest” never happens again.

Thank you to everyone who helped us achieve this victory for turtles.

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  • Nicole says:

    I could not even watch this to the end. Idiots!

  • Mr. Robin R. Shavers says:

    It’s too bad we can’t subject these cruel humans to the same cruelty that they subject animals. This includes these Snapperfest idiots, dogfighters, uncaring animal owners and folks in general whom view animals with such disdain and disrespect.

  • Lisa says:

    Just shows how uneducated some americans are and get their kicks out of torturing and abusing animals, when you watch the video you can tell the ones participating and in the crowd are not college graduates, and take their kids along so they think abusing an animal is fun entertainment

  • Janine Estabrooks says:

    Are these people that stupid let alone sick that they really need to huty and kill something that has never hurt one person at all and wants nothing more then to be left alone

  • Jamie says:

    This is not entirely accurate. For this year ONLY, PART of the Snapperfest will not be happening. No one including DNR knows what is going to actually happen. The campground owner claims to make $20,000 on this event alone. I can guarantee you that they are not going to just call the whole thing off. I live in Northern IN and will be attending the event with other protesters.

  • Christine says:

    What great news for these turtles! Finally this horrid event has been stopped! Thank you PETA and everyone who helped :)

  • veronica says:

    Unreal! I found myself thinking, “Are these people for real? Why would anyone hate turtles that much!” I am SO GLAD that there was an end put to this. How unfortunate that there are parts of our society that act this way. All the cheering? It makes me sad and disheartened to know that there are people out there who are so excited about torturing small animals.

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