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American Tortoise Rescue Celebrates World Turtle Day May 23rd
By Wendy Heller, May 13, 2008 @ 02:00 AM (EST)
Source: Tortoise.com

Editor's Note: This is a great organization not only dedicating their efforts to rescue but also protection of our lovely turtles (land and marine).  In advance, the Team at DPG wishes everyone a Happy World Turtle Day! 

American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and protection of all species of tortoise and turtle, is sponsoring World Turtle Day on May 23rd. Featured in Chase's Book of Annual Events, the day was created as an annual observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson, married founders of ATR, advocate humane treatment of all animals and especially reptiles.

"World Turtle Day was started to increase respect and knowledge for the world's oldest creatures. These gentle animals have been around for about 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of the exotic food industry, habitat destruction and the cruel pet trade," says Tellem. "We are seeing smaller and smaller turtles coming into the rescue meaning that older adults are disappearing from the wild, and the breeding stock is drastically reduced. It is a very sad time for turtles and tortoises of the world"...

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