Thousands of Florida softshell turtle...

Thousands of Florida softshell turtles end up on dinner plates ...

There are 35 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Nov 18, 2008, titled Thousands of Florida softshell turtles end up on dinner plates .... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Hauled from canals and marshes around Lake Okeechobee , turtles arrive in the late afternoon at Jones Fish House, a corrugated metal structure on the Palm Beach County side of the lake.

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STUNNED

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#1 Nov 18, 2008
I cannot believe we allow this to happen. This has got to be stopped. China sends us foodstuffs and other products that are unsafe -- and is taking safe food from us. True, not many of us eat turtle meat but there is some sort of principle involved here. We dim lights near the beach for several months to protect oceanside turtles while we are blind to the savage killing of fresh water ones not far away. There is something VERY WRONG with this picture.
Just another Chicago THUG

Hollywood, FL

#3 Nov 19, 2008
Out turtles are "health food" compared to some of their exported products. BTW do our turtles have any mercury in them? That'd be ironic wouldn't it?
BocaPerson

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#4 Nov 19, 2008
This is really sad. It should not be allowed that they should be caught and exported. All we get in return is unsafe food. How many cats and dogs died because the Chinese government is not capable of regulating their industries. It's sad that we have allowed them to own us.
The Slowskies

Tucson, AZ

#5 Nov 19, 2008
I wouldn't eat anything caught in a canal. Those turtles have a high probability of being toxic. But we all know how China cares about what they feed us, especially babies and pets.
Joe

Miami, FL

#6 Nov 19, 2008
The article says... "William Shockley, an Okeechobee fisherman, catches turtles on lines with about 250 hooks baited with chicken or bacon. He said the turtles remain plentiful, particularly because most of the state's lakes are off-limits to commercial fishing".

Um, isn't catching sea creatures and then selling them the exact definition of commercial fishing? As Bill Engvall says, Here's your sign.

If the lake is off limits to commercial fishing, then this activity should be illegal.
DonteNCedric

Tallahassee, FL

#7 Nov 19, 2008
No wonder why I've seen "FRESH FROM FLORIDA" decals in Japan, China, Korea and Thailand,,I thought it might have been one of Charlie's boondoggle trips..but lo and behold FRESH FROM FLORIDA - made me proud for a moment to be from Flori-duh!
mjp

Fernandina Beach, FL

#9 Nov 19, 2008
heres the roblem, simple stupoid people all over the fricken place not thinking about other people and other things, only themselves and quick fixes...dumbas8ses!!! lasonda, youre an idiot!!! the turtles will be gone because of ppl like you and you wont have a job ANYWAY dumbas8!!!!! WHY ARE PEOPLE SO STUPID OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!! get a job pumping gas...1000 pounds a day just from you is wayyyy too much you retard!!!
David Jackson

Powder Springs, GA

#10 Nov 19, 2008
Leave some turtles for me....Screw China.......
David Jackson

Powder Springs, GA

#11 Nov 19, 2008
Leave some turtles for me .Screw China
Gol Teefes

North Fort Myers, FL

#12 Nov 19, 2008
Them people eat anything....I seen it on TV.

Nuttin else to say today...I gotta go catch me some mudfish, then run out to the stoe fo some neck bones and gizzards.
Gol Teefes

North Fort Myers, FL

#13 Nov 19, 2008
The Slowskies wrote:
I wouldn't eat anything caught in a canal. Those turtles have a high probability of being toxic. But we all know how China cares about what they feed us, especially babies and pets.
Al; the more reason to ship out more to them!
archie bunker

Miami, FL

#14 Nov 19, 2008
yeah-uh,i told you people you gotta watch dem dare chinx dont trust em dare uh!
right right right

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Nov 19, 2008
Very sad....you know they will die a horrible death. I hope they get some incurable turtle disease.
eger

San Antonio, TX

#16 Nov 19, 2008
When I was a young lad, fishing ou of the dirty canals in Miramar we used to catch tese turtles all the time and sell it to the Chinese resaraunt down the street.
Hello Mickey Mouse

Boca Raton, FL

#17 Nov 19, 2008
What won't they eat. I'm not sure if its China but I know
it was in Asia where they have a restaurant that serves
nothing but rat. In the back there are cages and cages of them.
In the front people are sitting at tables eating them in a variety
of dishes. They had a whole story on it. Now that is food
for thought folks !!!! Diisssgussstinnggggggg
pie

Boca Raton, FL

#18 Nov 19, 2008
Stop the raping, control the removal of turtles or stop it!

Nobody knows the end result until it is too late!
pie

Boca Raton, FL

#19 Nov 19, 2008
Stop the raping, control the removal of turtles or stop it!

Nobody knows the end result until it is too late!

Poor turtles!

Maybe the chinese should stop reproducing and farm their own shrimp, chicken, rats... etc...
Native

Schaumburg, IL

#20 Nov 19, 2008
Friggin Asians seem to exploit all that is rare in the world to either eat of use as an aphrodeshiac. Pahokee should consider tutle farming so as not to create an impact on Nature. The turtles are there for a reason.
Barry

Boynton Beach, FL

#21 Nov 19, 2008
Hey people. Would you rather they ate dogs and cats instead of turtles? Oops, they do eat dogs and cats.
nameless

United States

#22 Nov 19, 2008
Not surprised they eat turtles in Asia, considering they also cut shark fins off for soup and leave the shark bleeding. Nice.
I hope whoever eats them gets salmonella. Wait, they're FL turtles - so mercury poisoning would be good too.

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