Target: Tripadvisor CEO, Stephen Kaufer
Goal: Remove Certificate of Excellence rating given to cruel turtle farm on TripAdvisor.com.
A cruel turtle farm in the Cayman Islands packs 9,500 sea turtles together into cramped and filthy tanks, despite these animals being naturally solitary and inclined to swim for long distances in the wild. Moreover, the Cayman Turtle Farm encourages visitors to touch and pick up the turtles, which causes them severe stress, fear and illness. Last year 1,268 green turtles reportedly died at the farm in just four months because of a bacterial outbreak. Unfortunately, famous trip rating company and website, TripAdvisor, recently awarded the farm the 2015 Certificate of Excellence. This farm is undeserving of this award and lures more and more people to this gruesome place due to such a high rating. We must demand that the Cayman Turtle Farm be stripped of this award.
Not only are these endangered animals confined, forcibly handled by visitors and exposed to insalubrious conditions, they are also subsequently slaughtered and sold for meat. In fact, the Cayman Turtle Farm is the last existing farm that breeds turtles for human consumption. TripAdvisor’s rating is based solely on positive reviews from tourists who visited the attraction, most certainly oblivious to the fact that handling these turtles could cause them harm and stress. It is furthermore unlikely that most visitors were aware that the turtles they were touching and holding would later be slaughtered to end up on someone’s plate.
This business profits not only from killing these gentle marine animals but reels in extra cash by exposing them to further mistreatment by allowing careless tourists and excited children to watch and handle them in their breeding tanks. It’s no wonder that researchers from the University of Oxford recently named this farm as one of the cruelest tourist attractions in the world.
The Cayman Turtle Farm has no incentive to shut down and release its sea turtles to a sanctuary while business is still going strong. It is therefore essential to spread the word about this tourist attraction’s cruelty. Sign this petition to urge Tripadvisor to remove the Certificate of Excellence from this cruel business and give it a poor rating instead.
Dear Mr. Kaufer,
As you are certainly aware, your company recently awarded the Cayman Turtle Farm a 2015 Certificate of Excellence. This award is entirely based on positive reviews from visitors who were oblivious to the rampant animal abuse taking place at the farm. While sea turtles are solitary animals who swim for long distance in clean, clear waters in the wild, the Cayman Turtle Farm packs 9,500 sea turtles together into cramped and filthy tanks.
Last year these awful and unsanitary conditions caused the death of 1,268 green turtles in just four months. Moreover, these animals are forcibly handled by tourists, which causes them severe stress, fear and anguish. After suffering through this cruel mistreatment their entire lives, the turtles are then slaughtered and sold for meat.
I urge you to take these animals into consideration and remove the Certificate of Excellence you awarded to the Cayman Turtle Farm. Moreover, please give this awful business the very poor rating it deserves, making clear how it profits from mistreating animals.
[Your Name Here]
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