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Researchers to Kill Highly Endangered Sea Turtles

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

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    Stephen J. Toope


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