Stop Killing Thousands of Endangered Sea Turtles

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Target: Mrs. Helen Kilpatrick, Governor of Cayman Islands

Goal: Shut down the Cayman Turtle Farm after it allegedly neglected over 1,200 turtles to death.

Last year, the Cayman Turtle Farm reportedly lost a total of 1,268 endangered green turtles in just four months. This averages to about 10 turtles a day. This massive loss of turtles was allegedly found to be due to a bacteria called clostridium. Not only is this bacteria harmful for turtles, but it is also dangerous to humans. Clostridium in humans causes botulism, tetanus, and in some cases, death. This outbreak was kept from the public for more than a year. It was revealed in a Freedom of Information Law request.

Green turtles are endangered and killing more than 1,000 in four months is atrocious. Not only that, but green turtles are not meant to live in cramped farming conditions. Green turtles in the wild swim miles in a day and dive quite deeply. They are also typically solitary animals. The living conditions on this farm cause extreme stress in these animals.

This is not the first time the Cayman Turtle Farm has been exposed for ill behavior. Outbreaks have previously been reported and recently a video came out of the farm’s director belittling another employee. Sign this petition and demand that the Cayman Islands government shut down the Cayman Turtle Farm and move these endangered turtles to a proper sanctuary.


Dear Mrs. Helen Kilpatrick,

The Cayman Turtle Farm is a tourist attraction that has come under fire recently. Over 1,000 endangered green turtles reportedly died within four months at the turtle farm. This averages to 10 turtles a day. These deaths were caused by a bacteria called clostridium. This bacteria is obviously harmful to turtles, but it is also harmful to humans. It can cause botulism, tetanus, and even death. This is a major health issue considering the amount of people who visit this attraction. The clostridium outbreak was kept from the public for over a year. It was exposed when there was a Freedom of Information Law request.

Green turtles are endangered and we should be doing as much as we can to protect these creatures. Forcing them to live in cramped, small spaces causes extreme stress for these animals. They need to be moved to a proper sanctuary where they can live out happy and healthy lives.

The Cayman Turtle Farm has a history of bad behavior. Previous outbreaks have been recorded and recently a video has surfaced of the farm’s director belittling another employee. It is time to take a stance against this farm and shut them down. Please consider all the harm this farm has done to people and animals alike.


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  2. SHUT DOWN these dangerous & torturous turtle farms — place the needs & care of the turtles FIRST on your priority list — allow them to live happily, in good health & comfortably — this isn’t much to ask — the right decision by you is a matter of life & death for the turtles.

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