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    An interesting issue, especially the turtle soup terrarium at London.

    I wonder how pet keeping, rather than fought or ignored, could be turned into a support for turtle conservation? Reptile conservation is chronically underfunded and under-publicized, and pet keeping involves considerable money, number of people and their time.
    There are resources laying on the ground, and the question is how to bend to pick them up.

    For example:
    -fundraising campaigns among pet keepers via social media
    -petitions and conservation campaigns ditto,
    -influence the community so that keeping rare species without care of their origin or husbandry problems would not be seen as prestige
    -Make a list of turtles which cannot become invasive, for example because of incompatible climate needs, not growing large or short natural lifespan. Promote these.
    - In localities where wild pond turtles occur, produce native genotypes in sufficient number to cover the local commercial trade for generic pet turtles. Since turtles produce large clutches, it could be possible.
    -Make a permanent, central repository of knowledge where any hobbyist and a professional could tap anytime for best experiences with a given problem or species.
    Try a private-public partnership in keeping certain species. Hobbyists could contribute skills, time and space, for example by keeping phased-out species. A loan of animals with conditions attached could be an incentive to stick to the rules.
     
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