To: Orlando Smith, Premier of The British Virgin Islands

End Sea Turtle Hunting Season in the British Virgin Islands

"Stop the legal harvesting of endangered sea turtles in the British Virgin Islands"

Why is this important?

The British Virgin Islands has a Sea Turtle Hunting season December 1st through March 31st.
They are legally allowed to harvest Hawksbill and Green Sea Turtles, both endangered animals.
Hawksbill turtles (must be 15+inches carapace length) and Green turtles (24 +inches carapace length) but these sizes still put them in the late juvenile / sub-adult age and the fact they do not have a size limit is even worse since those are the ones probably nesting here but live elsewhere.
There is a moratorium on loggerhead turtles, leatherback turtles, & all sea turtle eggs.

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Reasons for signing

  • As someone who has visited the BVI twice in 4 years in part to see sea turtles I would hope the BVI government would stop any turtle hunting.
  • Hawksbill Sea Turtles are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. How on earth can anyone, in 2019, justify hunting them? I am shocked to learn this!!!
  • Please stop the harvesting of turtles in the BVI. To allow hunting of particularly the endangered species is unconscionable! Sally

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