Unregulated trapping of freshwater turtles is wreaking havoc on our native turtle populations in the South and Midwest. And Ohio, which allows unlimited commercial collection of softshell and common snapping turtles, is one of the worst offenders.
That's why the Center for Biological Diversity and allies petitioned the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in early 2017 to ban for-profit exploitation of the state's turtles.
Please -- help us by sending an email to the agency supporting our petition.
Freshwater turtles already face serious threats to their survival from habitat loss, toxic runoff and car traffic. They just can't afford to be trapped for captivity or meat. For years the Center has advocated for limits on turtle trapping -- and we've won lifesaving restrictions in states including Iowa, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Now it's Ohio's turn to protect its heritage turtles.
Urge state officials to do the right thing by granting the Center's petition and banning commercial turtle trapping in Ohio.
February 27, 2017 Action Alert ID# 479
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