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Massachusetts Turtle Rescue, Inc.
Massachusetts Turtle Rescue, Inc., is incorporated under the State of Massachusetts Department of Corporations (General Laws, Chapter 180), and is recognized by the Federal Government as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
Each year thousands of turtles and tortoises are captured for the pet trade. This together with habitat destruction or fragmentation, and commercial collection of the Southeast Asian species for the Chinese live-food markets has had a devastating effect of the wild populations. For more information on the trade of the Asian species, visit the Asian Turtle Crisis site and read Box Turtle Exploitation in the Pet Trade, for an understanding of the ordeal these animals go through when taken from their natural habitats, until they reach their final destination; such as the pet store.
It is the hope of Massachusetts Turtle Rescue, Inc. through education and public awareness that one day the importation for the pet trade and the food markets will cease.
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