New Jersey Pub Stops Turtle Races

July 2003

A concerned person living near Belmar, New Jersey, sent advertisements for weekly turtle races at Patrick’s Pub to PETA. We immediately forwarded the information to the county Health Department to ask that it investigate and provide information detailing the risk of salmonella infection associated with turtles, especially in food-service establishments. The Health Department required that the pub immediately halt the turtle races and that it not engage in any acts of “entertainment” that use live animals.

Click here to read more about the facts on reptiles, such as turtles, and the problems involved in keeping them as companion animals as well as using them for “entertainment” purposes.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind