23 May 2011

Tortoises taken from their natural habitat

Unfortunately, the unlawful practise of taking tortoises from their natural habitat for sale in local markets is continuing.  I feel so sorry for these tortoises, all kept together in plastic containers with a couple of lettuce leaves thrown in there for food and sorted according to size.  If the vendor does not sell them as live tortoises then people will even pay for the cleaned out carapace as there is an old wives tale which states that tortoises bring good luck and I've seen tortoise shells hanging from the rear view mirror in taxis.

Although I do not approve of the practice of keeping wild animals as pets, I am nonetheless including the website of the tortoise trust which educates the general public on how to care for tortoises in captivity.
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