Open Letter to Parents Regarding the
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie
We’re asking you to save a turtle’s life and perhaps even your child’s.
What can you do to help? Buy Ninja action figures and toys instead of live turtles. This month, your children will be enjoying the extremely popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.
It’s fun and great entertainment.
We are writing to ask for your help. Since the first movie was released in 1990, hundreds of thousands
of live turtles, mostly water turtles called red eared sliders, were purchased for between $10 and $25 after each ninja movie
was released. The result? Many, if not most, were dumped and even deliberately killed or flushed down the
do not realize that real turtles do not fly, perform stunts or do any of the exciting moves fictional movie turtles do. Parents,
trying to please their children, purchase live turtles which end up languishing in tanks. Most of these turtles are taken
out of the wild and sold through pet stores, breeders, swap meets, flea markets and mercados for profit. Later, the turtles
are dumped illegally into rivers and lakes as well as dumpsters, flushed down toilets or relinquished to shelters and overcrowded
rescues. It’s estimated that 90 percent die.
Turtles carry salmonella which can make a child,
the elderly and those who are immune suppressed very, very sick and can even kill them. That’s why turtles less than
four inches were banned from sale in the U.S. in 1974 and still are…tiny turtles easily fit into a child’s mouth
and children don’t wash their hands after touching turtles. It’s an ugly problem causing nausea, vomiting, bloody
diarrhea and even death. We do not recommend live turtles or tortoises for children under 13 because of salmonella exposure.
have been around for 200 million years and outlived the dinosaur. Is this the way we want to treat our
precious disappearing wildlife? Save a turtle’s life, and perhaps even your child’s.
Please watch this great video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2PD3kLfYlA.
Thank you. Susan Tellem and Marshall