Tortoise Importation Ban (Pet Trade) - End Their Misery

  • by: Tortoise Protection Group
  • target: The Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, Minister for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare, House of Commons

    

 

 

 

                   
                                                            
(PHOTO: Tortoises harvested from the wild by the sack-load)       

 

 

 

"Illegal tortoise trade is happening in Britain" (DEFRA, 2004).

An estimated 10 million tortoises were shipped into the UK for the pet trade between 1890 and 1984 before the initial ban was introduced.  This trade is back! .......... and tortoises are once again being imported in substantial numbers.  These tortoises go through untold misery and often arrive here diseased, with chronic parasitic infestations and extremely dehydrated; which far too often contributes to their early demise. UK CITES permit this and even license it. Arguably, many of the tortoises they have licensed and continue to license have been obtained illegally.

The Tortoise Protection Group (TPG) is campaigning for a ban on the importation of tortoises for the pet trade. Please help us keep tortoises in their natural environment by signing this petition.

We the undersigned support the TPG in its call for a ban on this cruel trade.



                                                           
                                                 (tortoises taken from the wild by the sack load)
                                 %u201CIllegal tortoise trade is happening in Britain%u201D (DEFRA, 2004).

An estimated 10 million tortoises were shipped into the UK for the pet trade between 1890 and 1984 before the initial ban was introduced.  This trade is back!  %u2026 and tortoises are being imported in substantial numbers.  However, DEFRA are failing to prevent this illegal trade and are in fact licensing it. These tortoises go through untold misery and often arrive here with chronic worm infestations and dehydrated, which far too often contributes to their early demise.

The Tortoise Protection Group (TPG) is campaigning for a ban on the importation of tortoises for the pet trade. Please help us keep tortoises in their natural environment by signing this petition.

                          We the undersigned support the TPG in its call for a ban on this cruel trade.

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