What Kind Of Person Runs Over A Defenseless Turtle?

Posted: January 3, 2013

This writing is prompted by an article in the DN-R (“A Game Of Squash,” Dec. 28, 2012) about a study by a Clemson University student who shares my concern about the decline of the box turtle. He conducted an experiment by putting a fake turtle in the road, and was very disturbed to observe how many motorists deliberately ran over it. I know in certain circumstances, it can’t be avoided, but to swerve, not to avoid it, but to HIT it, is reprehensible. I have respect for a species that can live 100 years or more.

Please people, stop and think before you run over a turtle just for sport. What kind of person are you?

On a related subject, please resist the urge to pick one up and make a “pet” of it.

Even if you keep it just a short time, and then take it back, and even if you put it where you found it, the creature has already been disoriented and will likely not survive.

Nell Alger
Broadway


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