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Carnival Cruise Line accused of ‘turning a blind eye’ to animal cruelty

Soo Kim: ‘Carnival Cruise Line – one of the world’s biggest cruise companies – has come under fire for sending tens of thousands of its passengers every year on excursions to the Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter (CTC), where endangered turtles are allegedly subjected to “appalling” living conditions and are “exploited in the name of tourist entertainment”, including as props for selfies. The Cayman Islands – a British overseas territory in the Caribbean – is home to around 9,500 endangered green sea turtles. The government-owned CTC, formerly known as the Cayman Turtle Farm (CTF), receives more than 200,000 visitors every year and nearly three-quarters of them are reported to be cruise passengers.

World Animal Protection (WAP), a London-based animal charity, launched a petition last week urging the cruise line to stop operating visits to the facility, which is the only sea-turtle farm in the world to breed turtles for human consumption (turtle meat is served as steaks and burgers at local restaurants, according to WAP). It is also the only farm which in its capacity as an attraction allows tourists to hold turtles… The Cayman Island facility was named among the world’s top 10 “cruellest attractions” last year in a survey which revealed nearly 110 million people visit them each year, unaware of “behind the scenes” animal abuse, according to WAP’. SOURCE…

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