BACKGROUND | FROM SEA TURTLE RESTORATION PROJECT
Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal continues to allow the wholesale drowning of sea turtles in shrimp trawl nets. How? In a perversion of both responsible eco-system management and Federal statute, Jindal has let stand a Louisiana law forbidding his state’s wildlife agents from enforcing a federal requirement that shrimpers use turtle escape hatches in their nets. Jindal had the chance to repeal this cruel ban, but vetoed the bill which would have resulted in the saving of countless sea turtles’ lives. The Sea Turtle Restoration Project needs your help today to demand Governor Jindal halt the sea turtle deaths in shrimp trawl nets.
Expert Scientists Condemn the Louisiana Law
This week, over eighty expert scientists joined the Sea Turtle Restoration Project in calling for a repeal of the cruel law banning the enforcement of federal regulations requiring a turtle excluder device (TED) in shrimp trawl nets. This law, passed in 1987, is based on outdated science and old misconceptions that are now resolved after over 20 years of research and peer-reviewed reports. Click here to read more about and download a copy of the scientists’ letter.
Illegal Shrimpers are Killing Sea Turtles
When inspectors checked Louisiana shrimp nets late last year, most TEDs were found to be installed incorrectly in ways that would harm or kill a sea turtle, and some had the escape hatch sewn shut. These shrimp nets violate federal regulations. When shrimpers use nets with a poor TED, it is illegal and leads to thousands of sea turtles killed each year.
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WHOM TO CONTACT
Dear Policy Advisor Clark,
Federal regulations stipulate that turtle excluder devices (TED) be installed in shrimp trawl nets. In a shocking move, Governor Jindal has used obsolete data more than two decades old to allow the widespread drowning of thousands of sea turtles, which is directly contrary to federal regulation. Scientists have debunked the law banning the enforcement of the federal regulation requiring TEDs, yet Governor Jindal has cruelly and bewilderingly ignored such legislation that would protect sea turtles. Governor Jindal has also done nothing to enforce the law when observed by shrimpers who have improperly installed TEDs and even shown some escape hatches to be sewn shut.
It is impossible to contemplate supporting any commerce that blatantly allows the slaughter of sea turtles, especially when federal regulation deems it illegal. As such, until Louisiana discontinues the cruel industry of shrimping altogether, or until Governor Jindal takes the appropriate steps to maintain the safety of sea turtles by mandating TEDs as well as correctly-installed TEDs, I will boycott Louisiana and share this information with family, friends, and supporters of online social groups.
I am confident that Govenor Jindal would not want to continually be associated with the needless and cruel deaths of innocent sea turtles, and I therefore trust he will take the necessary precautionary measures to protect, rather than harm, them.
Thank you for taking the time to read this important message.