Wild Caught Turtles Tortured To Death


Snapping Turtle

Today it was brought to the worlds attention that http://www.campshorecampground.com/ in Aurora Indiana is throwing it’s yearly festival where they take wild caught turtles and torture them to death for entertainment by literally slamming them down on a cement slab, and then getting both hands around the neck and pulling until death occurs. Crowds stand by cheering as the horror ensues. The video and petition have gone viral.

All day activists have made phone calls and sent emails trying to get someone to care.  Can you do your part?

Sign the Petitions First:

http://www.change.org/petitions/petition-stop-torturing-and-killing-little-turtles-for-entertainment

http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-snapperfest?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=autopublish

Here is the information for the Fish and Wildlife Officer in Indianapolis where there is one officer.

Phone: 317-346-7014 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            317-346-7014      end_of_the_skype_highlighting  Email: MidwestNews@fws.gov

Here is a letter put together by Stacey

Dear (name)

To Whom It Concerns,

I am writing today to share my disturbance regarding the event “Snapperfest”. As established by footage and first-hand accounts, this event is characterized by the methodical torture of turtles in a demonstration of “entertainment”. During this event, a turtle is systematically brutalized, his tail and neck are pulled and ripped and his body is slammed repeatedly to the ground, all while he is fully conscious, subjecting him to what can only be considered excruciating pain and prolonged suffering and fear. Furthermore, according to Indiana law, this event should be classified as illegal considering that turtles are vertebrate animals.

Indiana law stipulates:

A person having a vertebrate animal in the person’s custody who recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally abandons or neglects the animal commits cruelty to an animal, a Class B misdemeanor. A person who knowingly or intentionally purchases or possesses an animal for the purpose of using the animal in an animal fighting contest commits a Class A misdemeanor. However, a person who knowingly or intentionally promotes or stages an animal fighting contest, uses an animal in a fighting contest, or attends an animal fighting contest having an animal in the person’s possession commits a Class D felony. Further, a person who knowingly or intentionally beats a vertebrate animal commits cruelty to an animal, a Class A misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Class D felony if the person has a previous, unrelated conviction under this section or the person knowingly or intentionally tortures or mutilates a vertebrate animal.

Intentional Acts

35-46-3-12 Beating vertebrate animal

http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/statestatutes/stusinset.htm

IN ST 35-46-3-.05 – 15; IN ST 36-8-3-18

As such, I, along with a national contingent of concerned citizens, implore upon you to act swiftly and responsibly by using your influence to enact an immediate moratorium on this illegal event, and, until such a time, I feel my only recourse is to promote a boycott of your state with respect to both tourism and commerce. Please provide your voice for others to observe their obligatory duty and responsibility by protecting animals, not sanctioning their torture; your ethical and dutiful gesture of legal authority would serve as an model of civil and community justice.

Thank you for your time and attention to this urgent issue.

NAME

Stacey’s link

http://ourcompass.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/indiana-snapperfest-extreme-cruelty-to-turtles-one-petition-one-sample-letter/

 

Holise’s link: http://holisecleveland.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/call-to-action-sadistic-evil-in-aurora-indiana/#comment-1177

www.youtube.com

yvonnewalton@hotmail.com

twalton@cinergy.com

ohioctyauditor1@earthlink.net

info@campshorecampground.com

Complete contact details:

The Honorable Connie J. Brown
Ohio County Commissioner
yvonnewalton@hotmail.com 
812-438-4624 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            812-438-4624      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

The Honorable Todd Walton
Ohio County Commissioner
twalton@cinergy.com

The Honorable Shane Koons
Ohio County Commissioner
812-584-0378 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            812-584-0378      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

The Honorable Connie Smith
Ohio County Auditor
ohioctyauditor1@earthlink.net
812-438-2062 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            812-438-2062      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Campshore Campground
812-438-2135 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            812-438-2135      end_of_the_skype_highlighting (office)
812-290-5939 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            812-290-5939      end_of_the_skype_highlighting (cell)
info@campshorecampground.com

Local Media

Brazil Times | Brazil, IN

Phone: (812) 446-2216 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (812) 446-2216      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: (812) 446-0938
Address: 100 North Meridian Street Brazil, IN 47834

Tribune Star | Terre Haute, IN

Phone: (812) 231-4200 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (812) 231-4200      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: (812) 231-4321
Address: 222 South 7th Street Terre Haute, IN 47808

Vincennes Sun-Commercial | Vincennes,IN

Phone: (812) 886-9955 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (812) 886-9955      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: (812) 885-2235
Address: 702 Main Street Vincennes, IN 47591

Washington Times-Herald – Washington,IN

Phone: (812) 254-0480 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (812) 254-0480      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: (812) 254-7517
Address: 102 East Van Trees Washington, IN 47501

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