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Posted by wendy on May 13, 2003 at 15:45:25:
In Reply to: don't be ridiculous!..... posted by MAYDAY on May 11, 2003 at 21:27:16:
Keri is far from a militant, she does a fantastic job running a non-profit rescue and placement center for unwanted turtles.
I agree with her as many others do, I would also release the turtle. If you found one and kept it do you really know what the impact would be?. Maybe nothing and maybe it will. One baby turtle is not going to effect the population in that area if I took it right?, it's only one turtle.
But if 50 people felt the same way as you, over the years think of the impact.
Couple that with road kills, development, and natural selection, it could have a serious impact, no wounder many areas have less and less adult turtles.
While hatchlings will do better in captivity than WC adults they are an important part of the future generations.
If you want a turtle, support the people that have spent the time and money and have built the trade up to where it is so that you can have turtles that wheren't available before. Buy C/B hatchlings from reputable dealers, or adopt unwanted ones from people like Shawn (Turtle Homes) or Keri (NCTRC).