Researchers to Kill Highly Endangered Sea Turtles
  • Petitioned Stephen J. Toope

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UBC President and Vice-Chancellor
Stephen J. Toope

Researchers to Kill Highly Endangered Sea Turtles

    1. Carin Zellerman
    2. Petition by

      Carin Zellerman

      Stockholm, Sweden

A research team at the University of British Columbia plans to kill seven highly endangered green sea turtles in order to complete a study into turtle diving depths. A whistleblower tipped off Stop UBC Animal Research about the project. The sea turtles have been part of the project for the past 10 years, a project that started out with 16 turtles, two of whom died, and seven who were retired to educational facilities. Although the study began as minimally invasive, the final procedure will require major surgery. There seem to be several reasons behind the decision to kill the turtles. The building that is currently housing the turtle tanks will be demolished, although Bill Milsom, head of UBC's zoology department, has claimed that this has not been a factor behind the decision to kill them. The researcher who was heading the project recently died. Also, relocating the turtles would apparently "require a lot of paperwork".

The University might be considering sending the turtles to Sea Life, which would mean that the turtles would be spared from this cruel experiment. In exchange, Sea Life has offered to help the researchers source the tissues from either newly dead turtles or from turtles requiring euthanizing.

Photo Credit: Joseph MacKenzie

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 4 signatures
    2. Aquarium Negotiating to Save Turtles in Deadly Research Project

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      When the news recently spread that seven highly endangered green sea turtles will be intentionally killed this spring in a University of British Columbia research project, people were outraged.
      Now Merlin Entertainments Group, a U.K.-based company...

    3. Reached 3 signatures
    4. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Vancouver Animal Rights Campaign's statement on the unacceptable proposal to trade the sea turtles for older animals to experiment on:

    5. Reached 2 signatures
    6. Carin Zellerman
      Petition Organizer

      The UBC is considering an arrangement for the turtles to be relocated to Sea Life, in exchange for old or injured turtles from the aquarium. Although this is a good sign that the University might be willing to spare these turtles from the cruel experiment, trading one life for another is not acceptable.

    7. Reached 1 signatures
    8. Endangered Sea Turtles to Be Killed in Research Lab Experiment

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      This spring, seven endangered green sea turtles in a University of British Columbia research lab will be killed in order to determine why turtles die when they get caught in trawl nets.
      The turtles are at least 10 years old and have been involved in...

    9. Reached 1 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Michael T. Tiedemann POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Save ALL animals! Go Vegan!

      • over 3 years ago

      Oh my goodness! Are they stupid! Blummin idiots.

    • vikki finnegan BICKNELL, UT
      • over 3 years ago

      Stated 'for research' is the catch phrase justification for the meaningless killing of any species let along one that is endangered. Is there any reason why the turtles can't be released to a rehab facility if not directly back into the sea. I appeal to UBS's zoology department to find a decent resolve herein.

    • Dhyan Story AUBURN, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mohandas Gandhi

    • Tom Traver SIMPSONVILLE, SC
      • over 3 years ago

      University of British Columbia, what are you thinking!


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