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US F&W Seeks CITES LISTING for Snapping Turtles, 3 Softshells: Do you Agree?

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Default US F&W Seeks CITES LISTING for Snapping Turtles, 3 Softshells: Do you Agree?

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The US Fish & Wildlife Service is currently (December, 2014) seeking Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) protection for the Common Snapping Turtle and the Florida, Spiny, and Smooth Softshell Turtles. Each is being collected from the wild in ever increasing numbers and exported to Asian food and medicinal markets. With so many Asian species having been decimated by over-collection (please see article below), pressure on US species will surely increase. While several of the turtles involved are perceived to be common, recent export figures are grim. For example, approximately 2,178,000 live, wild-caught Snapping Turtles were exported from the USA between 2009 and 2011 (this excludes processed meat and eggs). Read the rest of this article here CITES Listing Sought for Snapping Turtles, 3 Softshells: Do You Agree?
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No wild caught animals should be shipped over seas as food but the export of CB hatchlings by legal and registered breeders should be allowed.



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