Paul McCartney’s new mission is to protect turtles in the Cayman Islands by launching a campaign to stop turtle farming.
The singing sensation and animal advocate recently announced his activism on Twitter, “There is no humane way to farm sea turtles. Support @WSPA campaign to #stopseaturtlefarming http://bit.ly/VYqmBV pic.twitter.com/l88weDSP.”
In the Caribbean, the Cayman Turtle Farm breeds sea turtles, slaughters them and then sells their meat. Furthermore, tourists can also pay to play with the creatures and some are even released into the wild.
McCartney is backing the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) task to put this farm to bed. The organization witnessed turtles being born without eyes, living in filth and not maintaining healthy diets.
“The farm itself reports that demand for turtle meat has halved, possibly due to waning interest. The galling backdrop to this large-scale suffering is that of the 31,000 turtles the farm says it has released since 1968, only 133 have been released in the last five years and in over 40 years only 11 farm-tagged turtles have actually made it back to the beach to nest,” WSPA Wildlife Campaign Leader Dr. Neil D’Cruze explained.
So far, over 58,000 people have pledged to take action against the farm. If you want to support McCartney and the WSPA, click here.
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