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How Did These Tourists Save Turtles?

Written by Michelle Kretzer | August 27, 2012

Some visitors to South Carolina turned their vacation into an opportunity to advocate for animals when they spotted two aquariums packed to the brim with slider turtles at a beach shop.

The aquariums were full of water, and the turtles had only a small bit of rock and cut-up pieces of a pool toy to climb onto to rest. Slider turtles can’t hold their breath for long underwater, and the turtles were exhausted from being forced to swim constantly and surface frequently in order to get air. Reportedly, some of the animals had already died from their ordeal.

The tourists called PETA, and we contacted a reputable law-enforcement agency in the area. The responding officer immediately cited the store manager for cruelty to animals. The officer also ordered the store to give the turtles more space, provide each tank with sufficient items for the turtles to rest on, and closely monitor the quality of the water.

In court, the officer and an equally diligent prosecutor made an excellent case for cruelty charges, and the manager was convicted and slapped with the maximum penalty—more than $1,000. The court also appointed a reptile specialist to educate the manager on the proper care of turtles. PETA is pushing the store to stop selling turtles altogether.

This all happened because some tourists took a few minutes out of their vacation to help animals. Never let an opportunity pass you by—never be silent

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  • Lisa says:

    Well done to the tourists that helped these animals i would of done excatley the same. Even though you are on holiday and maybe in a totally different Country if you see animals in distress do something about it they depend on us.

  • kurt says:

    thanks for the people that called PETA, thats all it takes I’m guessing… one call to PETA and it solves the problem

  • MDrum says:

    PETA I love you for all the things you do to make it a better world for animals all over. Thank you for bringing happy endings to a lot of lives that would otherwise be left devistated due to ignorance and uncaring people.

  • Nate says:

    Wow, this is not even a case of not knowing how to take care of turtles though, you would have to be absolutely retarded to think they would be okay in that tank. there is just plain too many of them.

  • Lee says:

    Thank you for being there for the animals. I just wish more people can have a heart for our animals.

  • gaby says:

    if you don’t know how to handel these animals stop doing it. stupid get a book and read how before you put them in your shop. but in that case they need to close that place.

  • s. rueter says:

    STOP That cruelty selling from TURTLES NOW!!!!!!!

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