General Robert B. Neller – Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps
US Marine Corps base is threatening to end the lives of thousands of turtles! SIGN NOW!
by Cherilyn Brower on 22-December-16, 06:03 PM
1.432 signed/ 30.000 target
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I am calling on all nature and animal lovers across the world to unite and support my petition to ask the US Marine Crops to relocate its training ground as soon as possible and help thus save the lives of thousands of endangered tortoises. These gentle animals deserve a chance to live. If that base is built on the current location, these beautiful creatures will literally have no place to go, which will essentially be their doom.
Authorities have claimed that the desert tortoises in question - over 1, 100 of them - will be safely relocated. On the other hand, numerous conservationists and experts have pointed out that these animals are essentially homebodies and like to stay just with a few miles during their entire life - which can last as much as 90 or even 100 years. Experts fret that moving these turtles will lead to massive confusion and will leave them prone to diseases and predators they have never encountered before. For instance, the tortoises could easily fall victims to hungry snakes, coyotes, badgers or even ravens. Furthermore, past efforts to relocate the tortoises have failed due to the fact that the animals have a tendency to go back to where they used to live
"Somehow, they know the direction to go. Although we move them far out, they start moving back to their own homes" Ileene Anderson with the Center for Biological Diversity stated.
The combat training base, situated on a field in Twentynine Palms, California has been partially functional since 2013, but officials are preparing to expand the base and have basically told the turtles was time for them to find a new home. Authorities have announced they are prepared to splash out as much as $50 million to relocate, monitor and research desert tortoises for the next 30 years.
Rather than needlessly threatening the lives of so many tortoises, this considerable amount of money could be used to build a modern, state-of-the-art training facility in another location, far away from these tortoises.
Take action now and urge the US Marine Corps to rescind the decision to have these gentle animals moved out of their home. Since US soldiers can adapt far better than tortoises, it should be humans who should relocate the training camp, not the animals.
Show your support and urge US military personnel to find a new, more appropriate training base for their operations and let the tortoises alone.