Target: Philip Clarke, Tesco PLC Chief Executive
Goal: Stop selling live soft shelled turtles for human consumption
Tesco PLC is a multinational grocery and general merchandise store, much like Walmart, that currently operates in over 15 countries, including China. For years now Tesco China has come under fire for the sale of live soft shelled turtles for human consumption. The turtles sold at Tesco suffer unimaginable cruelty before they are finally, oftentimes inhumanely, killed for consumption. Despite public outcry, Tesco’s Chinese stores continue to be responsible for the torture of countless turtles each year.
Tesco representatives have claimed that all turtles sold in their stores are farmed in captivity, and not taken from the wild. Even if this is completely true, which many animal advocates feel it is not, that does not excuse the amount of suffering these animals are forced to endure. Conditions on turtle farms and during transport are often less than humane. Once the live turtles arrive at Tesco stores, they are commonly stored in tightly bound nets and on ice. This in and of itself is cruel to the turtles, which suffer pain and extreme stress from not being able to move and control their body temperature. Once the turtles are purchased by consumers, they are either killed by Tesco employees who behead or crush their skulls, or taken home alive by consumers.
As bad as beheading is, some of the methods commonly used to kill the turtles in homes by consumers are even worse. Many turtles are butchered while they are still alive, or boiled to death. Furthermore, turtles very commonly carry salmonella, which can cause illness and sometimes even death in humans. Tesco’s practices of selling live turtles for consumption is not only torturous to the turtles, but puts humans at risk as well.
Tesco’s Corporate Responsibility Policy states that it is ‘committed to conducting business in an ethical and socially responsible manner’. What it does to turtles is neither ethical nor responsible. In many countries what Tesco is doing in China would be labeled as animal cruelty. Please contact Tesco’s Chief Executive and demand that live turtles be discontinued from its Chinese stores.
Dear Philip Clarke,
What Chinese Tesco stores are doing to Chinese soft shelled turtles is barbaric and cruel. These turtles are forced to endure lives full of suffering, right up until the moment when they are, often times inhumanely, killed. Storing living beings in tightly bound nets and on ice in your stores is exceedingly cruel. The stress and pain these animals must endure is unimaginable. It’s unacceptable that your stores allow turtles to be taken home alive by consumers, where undoubtedly many if them will be forced to suffer being cruelly confined before they are killed, often times by being boiled or butchered alive.
Please discontinue the sale of live turtles in your Chinese stores. Tesco’s Corporate Responsibility Policy states that it is ‘committed to conducting business in an ethical and socially responsible manner’, however what you are doing to turtles is neither ethical nor responsible. Furthermore, turtles very commonly carry salmonella, which can cause illness and sometimes even death in humans. Your practices of selling live turtles for consumption is not only torturous to the turtles, but puts humans at risk as well.
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