RE: NANFA-- OT: Turtle shootings

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Mon, 1 Mar 2004 17:43:07 -0600

I hesitated to post this because I did not want to be responsible for
sparking an endless (and possibly polarizing) thread having nothing to do
with native fishes -- but given the on-line discussion this is generating,
it is probably just a matter of time before someone refers to it. And it
is relevant to conservation of aquatic organisms.

The International Fauna Society (, a
non-profit group that promotes imperiled and misunderstood organisms
(especially arthropods and herps) has posted a "sportsman" video of turtles
being shot. You can see it here:

It has generated outrage among conservationists and at least one legal

The video is worth watching. It shows how important it is for
taxon-centered groups of "enthusiasts" (like IFS and NANFA) to promote
education and conservation of the animals we care about. Turtles are not
the only targets of such activities. So are aquatic snakes and some of our
larger (and imperiled) native fishes.
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