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Help End Sea Turtle Cruelty

Oct 15, 2012

WSPA is launching an urgent campaign to stop the cruel farming of endangered sea turtles for food in the Cayman Islands.

Our year-long investigation at the farm revealed disturbing animal cruelty and potential human health risks.

Tell the Cayman Turtle Farm to Stop Sea Turtle Farming now >>

Shocking farm conditions

Trapped in prison-like tanks, barely surviving in their own filth and fed an unnatural diet, these wild creatures are handled by tourists before being slaughtered for food.

Watch evidence of sea turtle neglect and cruelty at the Cayman Turtle Farm.

WSPA Wildlife Campaign Leader Dr. Neil D’Cruze said: “Unfortunately, I have seen a lot of difficult things in my years at WSPA, but the conditions at the Cayman Turtle Farm are among the worst I have ever seen. Imagine what happens when you pack hundreds of animals in to one small, dingy tank – where stress and competition for food turns these typically gentle animals into cannibals. They lose fins and even die this way.”

Cannibalism is just one of the severe welfare issues facing sea turtles at the facility. Our undercover investigations found evidence of disease and inbreeding – causing turtles to be born without eyes or with massive deformities - and it’s not just the turtles on the farm that are at risk.

Tourists are able to handle delicate hatchlings and young turtles which, in addition to causing stress for these tiny creatures, may expose people to Salmonella and E.coli, which were both found in the farm’s water.

A better future for turtles

Life on the Cayman Turtle Farm is a far contrast from how sea turtles live in the wild. There’s simply no humane way to commercially farm sea turtles for food.

WSPA met with the farm to discuss our concerns and offer them the support they need to stop farming turtles and become a world-class rescue and research facility. They turned us down flat.

The Cayman Turtle Farm is the last facility in the world that raises sea turtles for slaughter and human consumption. We cannot stand by and let thousands of sea turtles suffer, every minute of every day. Together, we can stop this cruelty for good.

Please, help us Stop Sea Turtle Farming forever. Sign our petition now >>

Find out more about the campaign >>

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