Threats and dangers to sea turtles
Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are classified as threatened or endangered due to human actions and lifestyles. The biggest threats include:
- Entanglement in fishing gear
- Consumption and illegal trade of eggs, meat, and shells
- Coastal development
- Plastic and other marine debris
- Global warming
- Ocean pollution
- Turtleshell Trade
Ways to participate saving turtles
Following are the amazing ways in which you can celebrate the World Turtle Day 2019 on May 23.
1. Never Buy a Turtle from Pet Shop
The first step towards the saving the Turtles and Tortoises is to never buy one from the pet shop or from the breeders as this increases the demand from the wild.
2. Report about the Illegal Sales from the Turtle
You can do your bit for saving the Turtles by reporting about the sale of Turtles or Tortoises which are less than 4 inches as it is illegal to sell such kinds throughout the U.S.A
3. Never Remove Turtles from their Original Habitat
You should not take or remove Turtles from their original habitats as it make them fall homesick. You should only take them if they are injured or sick.
4. Report the Cruelty Cases of Turtles
If you see something harmful happening to Turtles, quickly try and report them to the authorities.
5. Write Letters to Legislators
You can write petitions or requests to Legislators in lieu of asking them to keep sensitive habitats reserved for the Turtles.
6. Providing Emergency Care
You can provide Emergency Care to the Turtles who are crossing roads. Please put them in the same direction that they were going towards otherwise they will come back on the roads.