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Never buy contraband turtles

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How to do this

Complete these steps by January 31

  1. Report illegal turtle sellers to police

This pledge closed over 2 years ago

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I address this pledge especially to the people of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus as it's a common situation in these countries
Let me tell you a scary story which is real and will infuriate anyone...

I address this pledge especially to the people of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus as it's a common situation in these countries
Let me tell you a scary story which is real and will infuriate anyone who loves animals:

All our land turtles are at the brink of extinction

Every year poachers capture thousands of land turtles in their natural habitat (deserts and steppes of Asia), wrap them in sticky tape to keep head and legs inside the shell and throw into potato sacks - they literally treat these gentle living beings worse than potatoes! Many of those turtles are just few days old hatchlings! Then these sacks are thrown into van without any caution and driven to our Russian (Ukrainian, Belarus) markets and pet shops

Most of those poor turtles die during this journey, the few ones who survived may face even worse fate - they're sold for a very low price to people who buy them as a toy for their kids. Those kids often throw turtles, step on them, do any wild thing they want because they treat them like toys and also think that their shell is unbreakable. Adults never care because they consider turtles living toys too especially because of their low price. Lots of turtles die every day of wounds and diseases caused by abuse and neglect of those cruel disgusting people

To keep turtles as pets these must be 1) terrarium big enough for comfortable walking of turtle; 2) light bulb for warm; 3) UV-lamp for calcium to digest well; 4) right nutrition - only grass and vegetables for land turtles, NO HUMAN FOOD! 5) sepia for strong shell and bones; 6) turtles must never walk on the floor in the flat!

Even when in some few cases these conditions are observed, it's wrong to buy an animal, which is at the verge of extinction because of human greed, to make it your pet. And there are a lot of turtles just thrown in the streets by their gross ex-owners who decided that to keep them longer will be a nuisance

Instead of buying a turtle and sponsoring contraband, adopt one of these homeless turtles for free to make them loved finally, they truly deserve it

For more info visit Russian turtle site http://cherepahi.ru/

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