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Every summer in Ohio County, Indiana, an incredibly cruel and abusive event called Snapperfest takes place. During this event, Snapping Turtles are caught and kidnapped from local wetlands. The turtles are then wrestled and roughly swung by their tails. The turtles also have to endure being choked and grasped by the neck.

Despite the misconceptions, turtles are vertebrate animals that are capable of experiencing pain and suffering. A turtle's spine is fused to its shell, so being held, handled, and swung by its tail can cause serious injuries or even death. Physical pain and abuse aside, the experience of ''Snapperfest'' also causes extreme stress to the animals, which can have detrimental effects on their overall health.

The event is held at the Campshore Camp Ground.

Please put an end to this event once and for all.  It is a horrible event.  Turtles as a species are struggling. They need to be protected not killed and tortured for fun.  We need to come together and save these turtles and teach people and our young children what is right. 

Please help stop this immediately!

Thank you

Letter to
Ohio County Commissioner The Honorable Connie J. Brown
Ohio County Commissioner The Honorable Todd Walton
U.S. House of Representatives
and 5 others
U.S. Senate
Indiana State House
Indiana State Senate
President of the United States
Indiana Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Ohio County, Indiana.

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STOP DELIBERATE TURTLE ABUSE!

Every summer in Ohio County, Indiana, an incredibly cruel and abusive event called Snapperfest takes place. During this event, Snapping Turtles are caught and kidnapped from local wetlands. The turtles are then wrestled and roughly swung by their tails. The turtles also have to endure being choked and grasped by the neck.

Despite the misconceptions, turtles are vertebrate animals that are capable of experiencing pain and suffering. A turtle's spine is fused to its shell, so being held, handled, and swung by its tail can cause serious injuries or even death. Physical pain and abuse aside, the experience of ''Snapperfest'' also causes extreme stress to the animals, which can have detrimental effects on their overall health.

The event is held at the Campshore Camp Ground.

Please put an end to this as soon as possible. This is needless torture for these animals. They are already having a hard time as species with the oil spill and in parts of the world they are being killed for soup. Please help us protect the entire species and save these animals from this torture.

Thank you!

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Sincerely,

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