Target: Sarah McNaughton SC, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
Goal: Seek the harshest penalty possible for men who reportedly photographed themselves standing on a protected sea turtle.
A photo posted online shows two men standing on the back of a green sea turtle in a surfing position. The photo, posted under Ricky Rogers’ Instagram account, was captioned “surfed a tortoise over the weekend.” The two men are both on the turtle’s back and smiling as they use the poor animal as their surfboard.
Standing on the back of an innocent animal just for attention on social media is cruel as the animal could have been hurt. Even if the animal were already dead, using the poor turtle’s carcass like this is not only insensitive, but it promotes animal cruelty.
A spokesman for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services said an investigation is underway. Interfering with a natural resource is a crime that can carry a maximum fine of $19,965. Please add your name to the petition below demanding that these men are harshly punished, if found guilty of the disgusting mistreatment of an endangered sea turtle.
Dear Ms. McNaughton,
A photo of two men standing on the back of a sea turtle pretending to use the poor animal as a surfboard has gone viral. The caption read, “surfed a tortoise over the weekend. Gnarly dude.”
Standing on the back of an endangered sea turtle is disgusting, especially if the turtle is alive. However, even dead, the behavior of the men in the photo only perpetuates and makes light of cruelty to animals. We urge you to see to it that these men are harshly punished for their insensitive treatment toward this animal.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Bernard Spragg NZ