Sea Turtles in Confinement

Sea turtles can migrate long distances between where they are hatched and where they feed.

Sea turtles can migrate long distances between where they are hatched and where they feed.

Cayman Turtle Farm is a tourist attraction in the Cayman Islands, located in the western Caribbean Sea. This farm houses more than 6,000 turtles, many of whom are living lives far removed from their natural environment. Sea turtles can migrate long distances between where they are hatched and where they feed. Their natural habitat and, therefore, their physical and psychological needs cannot be provided for in the confines of a turtle farm.

Often conservation is the stated reason for confining animals whether in zoos, aquariums , or, as in this case, farms . Unless an organization is actually improving the chances of a threatened or endangered species to increase its numbers, zoos, aquariums, and farms are nothing more than a way for the owners to make money by displaying these animals in less than ideal settings. Protecting, not exploiting, animals should be every conservationist’s mission.

Please write the director of tourism urging his agency to reconsider the value of the turtle farm and its role in the conservation of sea turtles. While on the surface this farm appears to be a tourist attraction, it really serves as a mark against the government of the Cayman Islands.

Mr. Shomari Scott
Director of Tourism
Ministry of Tourism
PO Box 67
Grand Cayman KY1-1102
Tele. No.: 1-345-949-0623
Fax: 1-345-946-4053
Email: contact_us@caymanislands.ky

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