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Plea to Parents Regarding the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie From American Tortoise Rescue

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Dear Parents:


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We're asking you to save a turtle's life and perhaps even your child's.

In August, your children will be enjoying another edition of the extremely popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie release. This will include a whole new generation of kids who missed the 2007 animated film. It's fun and great entertainment.

But, we are writing this to ask for your help. Since the first movie was released in 1990, hundreds of thousands of live turtles, mostly water turtles called red eared sliders, were purchased for between $10 and $25 after each ninja movie was released. The result? Many, if not most, were dumped and even deliberately killed or flushed down the toilet.

Unfortunately, children do not realize that real turtles do not fly, perform stunts or do any of the exciting moves fictional movie turtles do. Parents, trying to please their children, purchase live turtles which end up languishing in tanks. Most of these turtles are taken out of the wild and sold through pet stores, breeders, swap meets, flea markets and mercados for profit. Later, the turtles are dumped illegally into rivers and lakes as well as dumpsters, flushed down toilets or relinquished to shelters and overcrowded rescues. It's estimated that 90 percent die.

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Here's the bigger problem. Turtles carry salmonella which can make a child, the elderly and those who are immune suppressed very, very sick and can even kill them. That's why turtles less than four inches were banned from sale in the U.S. in 1974 and still are"tiny turtles easily fit into a child's mouth and children don't wash their hands after touching turtles. It's an ugly problem causing nausea, vomiting, bloody diarrhea and even death. A nine month old baby in Los Angeles got salmonella meningitis from a turtle after its parents touched it and then held the baby. We do not recommend live turtles or tortoises for children under 13 because of salmonella exposure and because younger children lose interest almost immediately.

Turtles have been around for 200 million years and outlived the dinosaur. Is this the way we want to treat our precious disappearing wildlife? What can you do to help? Buy Ninja action figures and toys instead of live turtles. Save a turtle's life, and perhaps even your child's.

Thank you.

Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson, Co-founders American Tortoise Rescue, Malibu, CA

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Susan Tellem, RN,BSN, co-founded American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) in Malibu with her husband, Marshall Thompson, 24 years ago. ATR is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation founded to provide protection of all turtles and tortoises. ATR has provided (more...)
 

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This is an important first step but it would be gr... by Susan Tellem on Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 8:33:28 AM
Thanks Susan. What this really says is that we ar... by Suzana Megles on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 9:23:58 AM
Today on Care 2 a horrible abuse of a turtle by 2 ... by Suzana Megles on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 11:34:06 AM