Operation:Halt #Snapperfest

The Ocean Bloggers Alliance is dedicated to seeing the end of Snapperfest. Our fellow blogger Holise Cleveland III has written another thought provoking post standing up for the tortured Snapping Turtles of Indiana.


Corn flakes can be eaten with yogurt or milk.Image via Wikipedia

My maternal grandparents were quite a couple. They had separate bedrooms, complete with their own televisions and TV trays. On occasion, they would chat and and/or argue. One morning, my grandmother went to my grandfather’s room and asked him what he wanted for breakfast. He chose corn flakes and they began to talk. It didn’t take long before the conversation turned into a heated argument. My grandmother stormed into the kitchen to prepare her husband’s breakfast. She returned to his room with a bowl of cereal and promptly stomped back to her room, slamming the door behind her. Seconds later, my grandfather bolted from his room. His eating utensil held high, he hollered, “How am I supposed to eat corn flakes with a damned fork?

If you are in or near Ohio County, Indiana and you are opposed to Snapperfest, you are not alone. There are others in your area who feel the same way and you may also want to engage in Operation: Halt #Snapperfest. Should you choose to accept them, here are the mission parameters.

Maintain a Low Profile: Do not publicly denounce Snapperfest or those who support it. Do not engage in online groups, pages or forums that express a desire to end Snapperfest. In fact, if you are not already doing so, you may want to comment on how Peta should just mind their own business.

Take Photographs and Videos: Cell phones are good for taking pictures and there are even camcorders out there that double as ink pens. Get the layout of the land: Campshore Campgrounds, Downtown Rising Sun, etc.

Gather Intel: Who does business with Camp WannaTortureTurtles? What businesses support Snapperfest? Obtain documents, photos and videos if possible.

Start a Roster: Who supports and attends Rising Sun’s Torturefest? It may be tricky to take photos without giving yourself away. That’s okay. Just about everyone has a picture on the web. Check Facebook, online newspaper archives, etc. A simple search for them on Google may deliver results. You can also scan photos from yearbooks. Mugshots would be a nice bonus, too. Please note: Some people are quietly opposed to Snapperfest. They may have only been along for a ride and not realized what was in store. They may have been under peer pressure. They may be one of you! So, make sure that your list is of people who participated in the event or express a lot of twisted enthusiasm for it.

Start a Blog: (Better yet, start multiple blogs.) This is where you display the results of your investigation. Many blogs, like WordPress, allow you to schedule your posts. Posts should be scheduled a day apart some time next summer. When the official date for Snapperfest is announced, you can always reschedule your posts so that they are made public a few weeks before the horrid circus. I highly recommend that you start composing your articles now so that if anything unfortunate were to happen, they will still be published. It’s also a good idea to schedule them so that they appear when you are at school, on the job or somewhere in public and away from your computer.

Start a Twitter Account under an assumed name. Blogs allow you to connect to Twitter. This way, when your article is published, its link will be broadcast on Twitter. Important: Make certain to include the hashtag #Snapperfest in the title of each post. Thousands of us worldwide will be watching for that tag. We will make sure that your info reaches the masses. You may also want to include “@Peta” in the titles. This will flag them as well and I am sure they would love to be updated on your expose’.

If any of you do not live in the area, you can also help. If you are planning a vacation or a trip through Indiana, may I recommend that you stay at Campshore Campground. Utilizing the above tactics, you can also participate in the mission for the brief time you are in Rising Sun, Indiana. You can also assist by copying this entire article and posting it to your own blog. The more copies that are out there, the easier it will be to find.

If you are a part of Camp WannaTortureAnimals and the host of Snapperfest and you are reading this (which I am sure that you are) please understand that I am in no way affiliated with PETA. I do support them in spirit, but I am just an average guy with a blog. I am one ofthe people and had you taken heed to PETA’s advice, I would not be writing this blog today. We, the people, now have no choice but to gum up the works of your torture machine. We, the people, have no choice but to reach into your comfort zone, your sanctuary, your shell and pull you out into the light of day against your will for all the world to see. We do so in the fashion by which you have so proudly displayed: with a complete and utter disregard for your feelings and rights. You really should have listened to PETA. Let’s see how much cheering you do when you find that we have put a fork in your corn flakes.

“He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

“By being inattentive to the needs of others, inevitably we end up harming them.” ~ Dalai Lama

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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:



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


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.


Stacey’s link



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






Complete contact details:

The Honorable Connie J. Brown
Ohio County Commissioner
812-438-4624 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            812-438-4624      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

The Honorable Todd Walton
Ohio County Commissioner

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
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)

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