Sea turtle nests protected by state and federal law

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There are signs common in Florida and other coastal areas warning of potential fines and imprisonment for various offenses related to endangered sea turtles and their nests. The provisions are fairly specific yet wide-ranging.

Florida state law provides protection against taking, possessing, disturbing, mutilating, destroying or causing to be destroyed, selling or offering for sale, transferring, molesting, or harassing any marine turtle or its nest or eggs at any time.

Federal law provides even greater protection (and criminal penalties as severe as $100,000 and a year in prison) if you “take, harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, or capture any marine turtle, turtle nest, and/or eggs, or attempt to engage in any such conduct.”

Obviously, marine turtles are still on the endangered species list, so they are afforded these protections. We can all easily endorse such a law, recognizing the inherent value of the life of a sea turtle — even realizing that the life in the eggs is something that should be given the same level of protection.

Yesterday was the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. For nearly 40 years, it’s been legal to conduct abortions in the United States.

I think it’s unfortunate that we place more value on the unborn life of a marine turtle than the unborn life of a human.

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Jim lives in Indianapolis with his wife and four kids and feels lucky to work with the fine folks at Rare Bird. An occasional writer, tweeter, and shooter. If you need to know anything else about me, this should do it...
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4 Responses to Sea turtle nests protected by state and federal law

  1. Eric says:

    can you please cite the federal law stating the penalties against sea turtles please! Thanks!

  2. Jim Cota says:

    Well, just looking at the sign in the photo, I would point you to Florida Law Chapter 370 and the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973.

  3. Eric says:

    Thanks, I’m using some of the points you make in a presentation at university so I needed some sources other than the photo. Well done!

  4. John Wilder says:

    Brilliant analysis ! I am currently writing a book entitled: THE CASE AGAINST ABORTION FROM A LEGAL AS WELL AS BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE.

    John Wilder

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