Nevermind the Paddlefish, Who Are the Hillbillies Taking All Our Turtles?
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Meanwhile, the news ain't nearly as good when it comes to Missouri turtles. On Wednesday the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity issued a petition to Missouri and seven other states asking them to immediately end their commercial harvest of turtles for pets and food.
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, wildlife exporters and dealers are commercially harvesting "massive and unsustainable" numbers of wild freshwater turtles from southern and midwestern states. The agency claims that collectors in Missouri can harvest an unlimited number of common snapping turtles and spiny and smooth soft-shell turtles in three major watersheds: the Missouri River, Mississippi River, and St. Francis River.
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation at least four turtles species are now considered rare or endangered in the state, including the alligator snapping, western chicken, blanding's, and yellow mud turtles.