Keep Protecting Turtles After Lockdown Ends

Target: Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida

Goal: Keep sea turtle populations thriving and stable after coronavirus lockdown ends.

The current coronavirus lockdown has led to a spike in Florida’s sea turtle population. Stay-at-home restrictions and social distancing mean less plastic waste and pollution of the beaches and the oceans these turtles call home. However, the lockdown will not last forever, and humans will eventually return to the beaches.

We must ensure that the current improvements last. Sea turtles have been among the most endangered aquatic wildlife over the past decade due to various factors such as climate change, plastic pollution, and the sale and trade of their eggs and meat as edible delicacies. When humans return to the beaches, there is high likelihood that nest disturbances and other threats to turtles will once again increase. The protection and success of sea turtle reproduction should be the default, not a one-time limited occasion.

The recent population boom is reason to celebrate, but we must not become complacent in our protection of their environment based on this success. Sign this petition to urge Florida’s government to ensure the survival and flourishing of sea turtles long after the lockdown is over.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor DeSantis,

Florida’s sea turtles have seen a surge in population due to the current lockdown and social isolation. With no humans on the beaches, there is less plastic pollution and fewer general disturbances to harm these creatures and their mating pattern. But this lockdown will not last forever, and humans will once again visit the beaches.

You must ensure that this prosperity and population boom is not a one-time occurrence. The species has suffered severe endangerment for years; choking on plastic, being killed for their meat, and having their eggs sold as delicacies. The species deserves to thrive consistently. You must ensure the protection and survival of these turtles long after the coronavirus panic is over and the lockdown ends.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: P. Lindgren

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One Comment

  1. Please keep the precious and innocent sea turtle populations thriving and stable after coronavirus lockdown ends.They must be protected from the rotten vile and evil human species.

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