Target: Professor Arvind Gupta, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia
Goal: Provide a sanctuary for sea turtles experimented on for ten years
Sea turtles are endangered, yet harmful experiments conducted at the University of British Columbia have been going on for over ten years. Now that the lab faces shutdown, it has been reported that the sea turtles will soon be killed. Although the intentions to study sea turtles in order to save them from extinction are good, the experimental conditions were not conducive to sea turtle health in that they required the sea turtles to be confined to small chambers, to be harnessed, and to be starved at times. The harsh, controlled conditions caused unnatural behavior from the sea turtles and thus produced poor solutions to help sea turtles survive.
The scientific studies would have more validity if the University of British Columbia studied sea turtles in their natural environment. For example, the University of British Columbia has found that sea turtle behavior throughout the year is the same. However, their discovery fails to reflect the different patterns of life during the winter and summer months that only a natural environment can provide.
Truly saving the sea turtles requires a fight against the fishing practices that destroy the lives of countless sea creatures and improving the technology that uses signals to keep sea turtles away from the nets, such as Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) and Turtle Saving Devices (TSDs). Sea turtles have long lives, around 100 years, that deserve to be documented in their natural habitat. Unfortunately though, experiments and birds cut them short far too often.
Please advocate for a safe place for these animals to regain their strength after years of torment.
Dear Professor Arvind Gupta,
The University of British Columbia’s experiments on sea turtles, despite hopes to benefit them, have continued for far too long at ten years now and yielded poor scientific results that do not capture sea turtles’ natural existence due to highly controlled conditions. There are other alternatives to better study sea turtles and to aid their survival in their natural environment, including Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) and Turtle Saving Devices, which prevent turtles from being caught in fishing nets.
From being probed during experiments to being picked up and eaten by birds, sea turtles endure enough hardship. The lab’s end should not also signal an end to the sea turtles’ lives. Please ensure their safety in a sanctuary. They deserve a life of peace after years of experimentation.
[Your Name Here]
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