Punish Woman Accused of Riding Sea Turtle and Destroying Nests

Sea turtles are not meant for riding.

Target: Pam Bondi, Attorney General of Florida

Goal: Give woman harsh sentence for causing physical stress to a protected sea turtle and for purposely destroying sea turtle nests to sell the eggs if she is found guilty.

A woman was just arrested for riding a sea turtle, as well as for mutilating sea turtle nests and selling the eggs. Activists need to take action to try and ensure this woman gets a harsh sentence if she is found guilty of these disturbing crimes.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Service launched an investigation after pictures of Stephanie Marie Moore riding a sea turtle surfaced on social media in July. Harassing these animals is against the law, since six out of seven species of sea turtles are endangered and the other species is listed as threatened.

Sea turtles are important because they eat sea grass, better ensuring grass beds are healthy enough for shellfish, crustaceans and fish to breed. Without them, the entire food chain would significantly suffer. In fact, the food supply of humans would be in danger of quickly diminishing. Therefore, when a person destroys sea turtle nests and eggs, they are not only hurting sea turtles, but they are also severely affecting the rest of the food chain, making it so animals and people will have a higher likelihood of eventually starving.

Urge the attorney general to suggest this woman be given a harsh sentence if she is found guilty of these disastrous crimes. Ignoring such callous actions would only open the door for more people to harass sea turtles, possibly resulting in their extinction.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Attorney General Bondi,

A woman was recently arrested for allegedly riding a sea turtle. Because she was also arrested for several other related crimes, including selling and destroying sea turtle eggs and nests, it is important that she be given a severe legal sentence if she is found guilty.

By harming sea turtles, their eggs, and nests, the entire food chain is affected. When these animals are killed or the eggs are not able to hatch, sea turtles are unable to eat sea grass. Fish, crustaceans and shellfish are then unable to successfully breed, making it so many other species of animals and even humans are not able to eat several types of food. As a result, the food supply greatly dwindles. This issue becomes even more serious when one considers that six out of the seven species of sea turtles are endangered, and one of the species is threatened.

For all of these reasons, I urge you to suggest that this woman be given a harsh sentence under law if she is found guilty of committing these horrible crimes. Sea turtles and many other sea animals will likely be much better off if such harassment is taking place.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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