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  1. lilly_sand99

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    Hello Everyone!

    I am taking a Speech class, and speaking about the malpractices in the tortoise industry.

    I am going to focus on the consumers point of view, and the point of view from “producers” with a focus on most tortoises being wild caught.

    From the consumer point of view, I want to focus on what people usually do wrong when they get a tortoise and how the tortoises are negativity effected, such as diet, housing and diet. Then what happens when people get tired of their shelled pet. With a little focus that some bad information they are given comes the pet store. (I do not want to shame pet stores, i believe they are trying to help, just not fully informed)

    From the producer point of view, I want to focus on what happens when they are taken from their environment (maybe even environment damages?). Then how they are transported, and kept till they get to the consumer. Or even misinformed breeders

    The next speech, I will focus on buying from an informed breeder, proper research before buying, and all that fun stuff.

    I was wondering if people happen to have any interesting articles that could support my speech or interesting points to add in, or even interesting points of view on either of these points. This is an informative speech, so any other information I should inform my audience of?
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    The vast majority of tortoises sold in this country are captive bred.
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    Thank you for telling me that, I was under the wrong impression.
    Would it be better to switch my focus to how hatchlings are raised incorrectly(like in dry conditions), then sold? Explaining the unintentional harmful effects?

    But aren’t tortoises still captured and sold in different countries? I will make sure to specify they are not being sold in the US.
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    They are being sold in the US too though. Just not as much. Every little Russian you see or that someone purchased at Petco or PetSmart is a wild caught animal.
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