Target: Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director, Keith Creagh
Goal: Demand justice for turtle videotaped while being decapitated
A Michigan teenager by the name of Catrina Shears recently filmed her brother slowly decapitating a snapping turtle. The video was unashamedly posted online by Shears and quickly gained publicity due to its vile and graphic content. Shears mentioned that she and her friends regularly kill animals in this way and has shown no remorse since this video went viral. Understandably, numerous people are outraged by the tragic incident. No legal action has been taken by the state of Michigan; demand that justice be served for the deceased turtle.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has reviewed the video and publicly stated that what Shears and her siblings did to the snapping turtle was legal, though it would prefer such videos not be posted online. In an online Facebook discussion Shears mentioned that she did not have an ax to use in order to quickly end the turtle’s life. The graphic video shows her pulling the turtle’s head out of its shell with pliers to allow her brother to slowly and inhumanely saw the turtle’s head off, which lasted for 20 seconds. While the teenagers’ actions were legal, action should be taken in order to ensure no more animals will die like this at the hand of Shears.
By signing this petition you demand justice for the inhumanely murdered snapping turtle. You also demand that videos or photos glorifying the inhumane slaughter of wild animals be forbidden from social media. Shears is gaining publicity from this and shows no remorse; this cannot continue.
Dear Keith Creagh,
As you know, a young woman by the name of Catrina Shears has gained monumental publicity for filming herself and her brothers decapitating a snapping turtle. While your organization has determined that the teenagers’ actions were legal, the main problem with this incident is how the turtle was treated and how it died. Shears pulled the head of the turtle out of its shell with pliers and held it there while her brother sawed its head off with a hack-saw. Sawing the head off of the turtle took her brother 20 seconds – a painfully long time to wait for death. Shears has admitted that she and her brothers have killed animals this way for years; something must be done about this.
Shears must not be allowed to force this fate upon another live animal. While Shears’ actions were legal, they are incredibly immoral and inhumane. I urge you to take action against Shears. Torturing that turtle is unjust and the action must be punished. Shears must be made an example of. There must also be repercussion for putting the graphic video up on Facebook; she glorifies wild-animal torture, and she must be stopped.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Lisa Brown