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Disappointingly, The Alamo Mission Museum of Franklin County in Mount Vernon, Texas, has apparently been encouraging people to take away turtles from nature, embellish them, after which “race” them at its annual Turtle Derby & Cookout, which is scheduled for July 9.
Turtle-racing occasions usually contain eradicating wild turtles from their habitats, holding them confined, altering their diets, in any other case traumatizing them, and both releasing them or killing them as soon as the occasions are full. Rivals on the races make loud noises to scare them in an effort to encourage them to maneuver sooner. Turtles solely transfer rapidly after they imagine their lives are in peril. Though we don’t know precisely what would change into of these used at this particular “derby,” turtles exploited in such occasions usually aren’t returned to the identical place they had been discovered, which decreases their chance of survival. Passing turtles round amongst people or housing them collectively, a typical follow after they’re used for such occasions, dangers an infection. Portray a turtle’s shell can considerably injury their lungs and respiratory system, hinder their publicity to daylight (which they should produce vitamin D), leak poisonous chemical substances into their bloodstream, and hurt them in different methods.
Please politely urge museum officers to scrap this merciless occasion and depart the turtles in peace in nature, the place they belong!