Sea turtles are solitary animals and natural swimmers – able to cover thousands of miles
But at the Cayman Turtle Farm, turtles are forced to live in cramped, crowded tanks. Biting, sickness and stress are problems – as is inbreeding, with some turtles born without eyes. Animals are slaughtered for meat, which is sold to tourists in restaurants as steaks and burgers. But the transformation from turtle farm to rehabilitation and release centre has happened before, and this campaign was to try and make it happen again.
- At the Cayman Turtle Farm, 9,500 endangered green sea turtles are farmed for meat
- Packed in filthy tanks, turtles get so stressed they bite and maim each other
- It’s the last facility of its kind anywhere, and tourists are encouraged to handle turtles.
Carnival Cruise Line
Around 20% of the world’s cruise passengers travel on Carnival Cruise Line ships. The business is incredibly influential and must lead by example.
Cayman Turtle Centre heavily relies on cruise ships for customers. More than 200,000 people visit the attraction each year, and around three quarters are cruise liner passengers.
We’ve repeatedly contacted Carnival Cruise Line since January. But despite making our welfare concerns clear, the company won’t agree to stop taking boatloads of tourists to this cruel attraction.
Other tourism industry leaders such as TripAdvisor and Thomas Cook have listened to our supporters and made changes to their businesses to better protect wildlife. It’s time Carnival Cruise Line helped move the world to protect animals too.
Incredibly, 129,203 of you used your voice to demand Carnival Cruise Line does the right thing for these endangered wild animals.
One of the world’s cruellest attractions
Sea turtle farming is listed as one of the top 10 cruellest wildlife tourist attractions in our 2016 report Checking out of cruelty.
Conditions at the Cayman Turtle Centre make it impossible for turtles to express natural behaviours.
The World Animal Protection Campaign
World Animal Protection campaigned for the Cayman Turtle Farm to become a rehabilitation centre, caring the turtles instead of raising them for meat. They should be releasing them back into the wild for future generations, and World Animal Protection engaged in extensive discussions with the organisation to get them to change their business practises.
A global campaign was launched too, highlighting supporters all over the world, calling out for them to make changes to the way that they work.
- We’re urging Cayman Turtle Farm to stop meat production and start turtle rehabilitation and release
- We’re asking supporters around the world to join our campaign.