Letter Re: Spotted Turtles - August 12 Deadline
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BACKGROUND: The spotted turtle, a turtle native to the
eastern United States and southeast Canada, needs your
help. The USF&WS is considering proposing the listing
of the turtle as a CITES II animal. This would stop
the growing international trade for spotted turtles.
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Comments must be received BY AUGUST 12th, so mail today!
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Chief of the Division of Scientific Authority
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 750
Arlington, VA 22203-1610
RE: Request you Submit Spotted Turtle Proposal
at upcoming CITES Meeting to Protect Species
I am writing to urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service to submit the Spotted turtle proposal for
consideration at the twelfth meeting of the Parties to
the Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species (CITES) that would, if accepted, protect it
from over-exploitation due to the international trade.
Comments on this subject were requested in the
Federal Register, Volume 66, No. 113, June 12, 2001
My reasons for the support of this proposal are as
follows: Many spotted turtle experts expect that
without adequate protection, spotted turtles will
become extinct in a few generations, definitely by the
end of this century. The reasons for this are habitat
destruction and the pet industry.
There has always been a strong market for spotted
turtles in the US, and now according to recent
searches on the Internet there is a stronger one
overseas, where prices range from $250.00 per female
to $550 per breeding pair.
As the turtles get rarer, inevitable from habitat
destruction and increased collection, the price will
go up, thus increasing collection pressure on the
turtle. A vicious circle, that only a listing of the
spotted turtle as a CITES II animal could possibly
Thank you for accepting my comments for the record.