Animal welfare advocates have long argued that food markets, often in Asian communities, kept the live animals in horrible conditions. “The turtles are upside down in the sun, no food, no water,” Tellem said. “They are slaughtered inhumanely.”Perhaps I'm naïve, but the obvious solution, maybe, is that the ravenous bullfrogs should be matched up against the ravenous (?) imported turtles in a fight to the death (or at least the ravenous bullfrogs should be pointed in the direction of the Asian turtles' eggs). It would make a great video game, and perhaps even a Disney cartoon.
Sometimes people cook them live. “They’ll put the turtles in a frying pan, and they die very slowly,” Tellem said.
Tellem said animal-welfare arguments in the past had not convinced the commissioners to ban the importation of what she says are an estimated 2 million bullfrogs and 300,000 red-eared sliders coming into the state each year. This time, the advocates contended there were safety and environmental reasons to stop sales.
“We ended up changing our argument and saying they are non-native animals being released into the wild and they’re killing our native pond turtles,” she said.
People often buy the live animals to save them from death, she said, then release them into ponds and oceans where they are not indigenous and they either die or eat other species. Ravenous bullfrogs, she said, scarf up turtle eggs and baby turtles.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Asian restaurant mistreatment of animals behind California ban on importation of turtles and frogs
From the Los Angeles Times: