Unsustainable turtle harvest in Minnesota

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Minnesota’s commercial turtle harvest should be banned.  Don’t ship our turtles to Asia for food and pets.  The current practices are not sustainable and will have a negative impact on our turtle population. 

The Minnesota DNR did not support a ban during the 2019 legislative session, but will have another chance to support the legislation in 2020. DNR claimed to not have enough data to assess the impact of commercial harvest. If true, DNR should error on the side of caution and ban the unlimited harvest of MN turtles. Let them know we love our turtles and they need to be protected.