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Live Animal Food Markets: Stop sale of illegal frogs, turtles

Florida softshell turtle. Photo by Flickr user John Picken used under a Creative Commons License.
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My friend Eric Mills, coordinator of Action For Animals in , Calif., sent the following letter to the Director of Calif. Department of Fish & Game, and to the Calif. Fish & Game Commission. It pertains to the Live Animal Food Markets in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond throughout the state. Many illegal creatures are presently being sold in these markets and Eric has been fighting the good fight for years, trying to stop this travesty.

He’s getting close (GO ERIC!) … the Commission just voted to issue NO future important permits for these frogs and turtles for the live markets. Unfortunately, this still allows current sales to continue for up to a year. What they need to do now is to BAN the current sales of these animals. /Gary

Eric’s letter, written March 24, 2010:
John McCamman, Director
DEPARTMENT OF FISH & GAME

John Carlson, Exec. Director, and Members
FISH & GAME COMMISSION

Gentlemen:
Over the years I’ve been making weekly visits to the live animal markets in both Oakland and San Francisco to see whether or not state laws and codes are being enforced.  In a word, they are not.
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Posted on Monday, March 29th, 2010
Under: Action for Animals, Frogs, Live Animal Markets, Turtles | 4 Comments »

Frogs & Turtles: Your letters needed to help save millions

Bullfrog photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
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FROG AND TURTLE ALERT – LETTERS NEEDED

I just received this important letter from my friend Eric Mills, coordinator of Action For Animals in Oakland, CA. Please read it and take a moment to send a letter. I appreciate it. Thanks for caring. /Gary

Gary:
For 15 years we’ve been urging the California Fish & Game Commission to ban the importation and sale of live frogs and turtles for the state’s many live animal food markets (for human consumption).  At long last, all five Commissioners seem to agree that the ban is needed to protect our native wildlife.
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Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2010
Under: Action for Animals, Bulldog, Frogs, Turtles | 1 Comment »