New York’s State Reptile Needs More Protection, Not LessHelp Protect Snapping Turtles from Trapping!
A bill is are currently on the fast-track through New York’s legislation: A2490a has been amended to protect snapping turtles from spearing and clubbing, but it continues to allow the lethal trapping of the reptiles.
Trapping of any creature is brutal, inhumane and unnecessary, and can simply not be justified. Trapping of snapping turtles will only increase the number of turtles and other animals to suffer and be killed in traps.
Snapping turtles can live up to 60 years. Females have been found to travel 10 miles to get to their traditional nesting area. As a result of a vote by New York school children, the common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) was adopted as the State Reptile of New York in 2006.
Sadly, they are already being persecuted as a result of existing law that permits killing them by gun and longbow. Trapping would increase poaching and the illegal transport of turtle eggs and meat to feed into the dark horrors of the illegal underground wildlife trade. It has been estimated that 150,000 live snapping turtles were exported from the United States to other markets in 1998 alone.
No creature deserves to be tortured in brutal traps!
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