Unfortunately, the city of Longville, Minnesota, apparently encourages residents to trap turtles every summer and uses them to race each Wednesday from June through August!
Turtle-“racing” events typically involve taking wild turtles out of their habitats, keeping them confined, changing their diets, traumatizing them, and either releasing them or killing them once the events are complete. Competitors at the races make loud noises to scare the turtles in an effort to encourage them to move faster. Turtles only move quickly when they believe their lives to be in danger.
Although we don’t know what specifically becomes of the ones in Longville, turtles used in such events are typically not returned to the exact place they were found, which decreases their likelihood of survival. When turtles are passed around by human hands, they are at risk for infection. Housing them together, a common practice for these events, further increases that risk.
Please politely urge city officials to scrap these cruel events and leave the turtles alone in nature, where they belong!
City of Longville
Longville Chamber of Commerce
Note: Be aware that staffers monitoring the [email protected] account may insist that they have no personal involvement in the turtle “race.” That is not relevant. This is the city’s official e-mail account, so please continue submitting your messages.
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