Freshwater turtles in New York desperately need your help. Threats like habitat destruction and pollution are causing dangerous population declines for these imperiled animals across the country. But rather than protecting New York's turtles, legislators in the state are pushing forward bills that would dramatically increase the number of turtles killed each year.
Assembly Bill 2490 seeks to legalize trapping and other cruel methods -- like spears and clubs -- to kill common snapping turtles in New York. But turtle traps can't distinguish between snapping turtles and other, often rarer species such as endangered bog turtles.
We need to act quickly to defeat this lethal legislation -- this bill's counterpart already passed the state Senate.
Because of pressure from Center for Biological activists and supporters, states across the country have been taking steps to restrict turtle trapping and help prevent further population declines for these vulnerable animals. A.B. 2490 is a step in the wrong direction -- its passage would deal a devastating blow to New York's turtle populations.
Please, help us fight for freshwater turtles -- take action and tell the New York Assembly to oppose disastrous turtle trapping.
May 23, 2013 Action Alert ID# 97
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