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Turtles campaign backed by MP.

A NEW campaign to save sea turtles from being farmed for food in the world's last commercial farm has been backed by North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon.

The campaign by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) says 7,000 endangered sea turtles - animals that travel thousands of miles across oceans - have been stockpiled in filthy, tiny tanks.

Stress from overcrowding turns them into cannibals and WSPA staff saw turtles with fins entirely chewed away. In addition, inbreeding causes turtles to be born with deformities, such as having no eyes.

Mary Glindon said: "I enthusiastically support the WSPA campaign to stop sea turtle farming at the Cayman Turtle Farm, in the Cayman Islands.

"The farm brands itself as a conservation tourist attraction, but is actually the world's last remaining facility that commercially raises sea turtles for slaughter and consumption.

"The campaign has convinced me that there is simply no humane way to commercially farm sea turtles. I would urge local people to join me by signing up to WSPA's campaign at www.stopseaturtlefarm.org."

The MP has also backed a cross-party Commons motion urging action.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 17, 2013
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