Enforce laws that protect the Leatherback Turtles that nest in TnT
  • Petitioned Minister of the Environment and Water Resources: Take Action on Turtle Tragedies

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Ganga Singh
Minister of the Environment and Water Resources: Take Action on Turtle Tragedies

Enforce laws that protect the Leatherback Turtles that nest in TnT

    1. Chantal Persad
    2. Petition by

      Chantal Persad

      Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

This petition is for the betterment of our wildlife and people.

The Leatherback Sea Turtles are the largest turtles on Earth and are an Endangered species.

 "The Leatherbacks undertake the longest migrations between breeding and feeding areas of any sea turtle, averaging 3,700 miles each way. After mating at sea, females come ashore during the breeding season to nest. The nighttime ritual involves excavating a hole in the sand, depositing around 80 eggs, filling the nest, leaving a large, disturbed area of sand that makes detection by predators difficult" - Taken from National Geographic.

Link: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/leatherback-sea-turtle/

 This amazing event is witnessed my Trinbagonians annually and every year the turtles are disturbed, abused and even slaughtered.

 This time the tragedy that took place was due to the Ministry of Works and Transport.

"THOUSANDS of leatherback hatchlings were crushed to death at the weekend as the Ministry of Works used excavators to redirect the Grande Riviere River, at the north east coast..."

"The community was horrified, though, when excavation work began Saturday without their knowledge on what is the most nest-intensive part of the beach..."  "...the community who began a rescue mission early yesterday and by evening had saved about 500 hatchlings." - The Trinidad Express

Link:  http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Turtle_tragedy-161747265.html

 Action has to be taken. For far too long we have watched the laws of this country be ignored in almost every sector. Enforcing the proper laws to help the turtles will also help the people of Trinidad and Tobago become law abiding citizens. By harming any animal especially an endangered species one should be punished to the full extent of the law. The public has to learn the difference between right and wrong, to have compassion for these animals, to report any person seen causing injury or obstructing the habitat to which these animals live and breed. You cannot run before you crawl. Start small.

 Also, we are calling for PROPER COMMUNICATION between the government and it's people. This massacre was due to a lack of communication in the first place.


Killing an endangered species not only affects trinidad but the world and its entire eco system, show that you care by signing this petition to enforce the Conservation Wildlife Act.


Negative Foreign Media 

BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-18778013


Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2171602/Workmen-destroy-20-000-rare-turtle-eggs-bulldozers-hit-beach.html

Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/07/10/activists-seek-answers-in-trinidad-turtle-tragedy919320/


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Donna Turner SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Such short-sighted ignorance is destroying the earth and the animals that inhabit it. We must top killing the planet!!

    • maria steward SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      They are so important part of our ecco system,They eat all unwanted creatures and keeping sea waters clean for us and other species.

      • over 2 years ago

      There is a need to go beyond talk and sentiment. However, we should also remember that laws are only effective to the extent that they are valued by the population and enforced.

    • Jude Hirstwood BEDFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Seeing the leatherback turtles was one of the highlights of my visit to Trinidad as it is I am sure for many who come to Trinidad. You have amazing wildlife, how can you not protect and value it.

      • over 2 years ago

      What happened was a conservation disaster for the world and a PR disaster for Trinidad. Do not add insult to injury by allowing this to go unpunished.


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