As an attorney, I am asked if there is a legal way to
eat sea turtles. I know of no way, and the government will jail someone for
a felony for merely handling a sea turtle.
If you are a U.S. citizen, then you can eat sea turtles
if you leave the U.S. to visit countries that are more libertarian about turtles
(Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, etc.).
Grand Cayman Island has a famous turtle farm selling
meat (for popular dishes in restaurants) and shells. The farm brings
turtles closer to everyone’s heart (inside the stomach).
The U.S. government imposed socialistic laws that almost
destroyed the farm. Bureaucrats are more cold-blooded than turtles.
If you are from the U.S., then your government will confiscate
your turtle property when you return, and that is the least that your U.S.
Customs will do to you.
The U.S. wasn't always a socialist police state.
The U.S. led in liberty, property rights, farming, and free markets.
U.S. laws might change, but don't bet the farm on it.
If sea turtles were farmed like other animals, seafood,
fruits and vegetables, then they wouldn’t be endangered. “I love
sea turtles," a bumper sticker says "They taste just like chicken.”
Liberty helps turtles and the people who love them (to
eat). U.S. Socialism hurts sea turtles. The lack of property rights in turtles
and in so many waterways prevents turtle aquaculture.
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Some turdles float on the surface.
Other turdles sink to the bottom.
But under socialism, everything is flushed down the toilet.
In Florida and elsewhere, gopher turtles are eaten.
Foreign turtle farms are saving turtles from U.S. socialism.
The capitalist Cayman farm releases tagged turtles that have been found in
the socialized waters of the U.S., as well as Venezuela, Nicaragua, Panama,
Mexico, Honduras and Cuba.
U.S. laws deprive citizens of economic and personal liberty
as well as research, scientific knowledge, aquaculture expertise and marketing
skills that the Caymans gain over us.
Cayman Turtle Farm started in 1968 as Mariculture Ltd.,
by a group of investors from Great Britain and the United States. The
intention was to supply the market with a source of product that did not deplete
the wild populations further. The turtles were on their way to extinction
until the Turtle farm opened. Much work was done pioneering the domestication
Then, the U.S. exported its lethal socialism internationally.
Regulations prevented the sale of even the farmed turtle product in the U.S.
and many other countries. Eventually, the U.S. government under the
CITES convention (Convention on International Trade for Endangered Species)
banned all turtle products through U.S. ports. The farm lost 80 percent
of its market overnight. With 100,000 turtles to feed and care for and
unable to sell products to U.S. citizens who were willing buyers, Mariculture
Ltd. went bankrupt in 1975.
In 1975, the first turtles raised from eggs obtained
from the wild had reproduced.
New owners tried but export restrictions continued and
revenue could not maintain the 100,000 turtles on hand. After 8 years the
new company gave up. The number of turtles was reduced and operating costs
brought to the minimum with the intention of closing. The Cayman Islands
Government then purchased the mini farm in 1983 and has since operated it
as a private company, Cayman Turtle Farm (1983) Ltd. The U.S.
government nearly destroyed a private enterprise and almost replaced it with
The farm started with Green Turtles but also uses its
knowledge to raise other endangered turtles: loggerheads, Kemp’s ridley, and
hawksbills (the source of the coveted “tortoiseshell” for ornaments and jewelry).
The farm is still hoping for a change in the regulations.
There is a rising stockpile of turtle shell waiting for a commercial market.
There may not be a market any longer due to the length of time that the U.S.
government has imposed socialism. The U.S., through its acts, has also
increased poaching of wild turtles worldwide.
Various options are being considered by the farm.
At one end of the continuum is bulldozing the tanks and selling the land for
real estate, or other commercial development that will have absolutely nothing
to do with propagating animal or plant life.
The U.S. government destroyed turtles in the U.S. also.
The Turtle Kraals Restaurant in Key West is where turtle corrals were
used for commercial turtle farming and the first Key West Turtle Cannery opened
in 1849. It stopped in 1970's under the same laws that harmed the Cayman
farm. The restaurant has a small museum about the good-old days of turtle
farming, back when government was smaller.
Although the restaurant no longer serves turtles, it
serves other farmed animals, including chicken, beef, and farmed fruits and
vegetables, and even other seafood, farmed or not. The restaurant also
serves conch because Key West is the "Conch Republic," named after what used
to be a local dish. U.S. laws prevent conch from being harvested or
farmed in the U.S. though conch can be imported (even from the Cayman Islands),
and turtle cannot. All conch served in Key West is foreign.
Key conchs and turtles were eaten by my ancestors, the
first settlers in Key West. The Curry Mansion is still on the local
tour, as the former home of Florida's first millionaire capitalist.
As a sixth generation Floridian and a lifelong resident, I treasure Florida’s
environment. As a Key West "Conch" I know that the key to turtle recovery
As an attorney and a renowned sea turtle expert, I deal
with environmental laws including criminal charges. I have traveled to Grand
Cayman Island as a capitalist eco-tour to examine the sea turtle farms and
to eat sea turtles in every manner that they are prepared.
Laws that ban turtle trade are a gross injustice over
the “tragedy of the commons” in government-owned waterways. Much U.S.
water is socialized and Florida land is 30 percent socialized (government-owned).
It is trademark socialism with government-ownership, unavailability
of goods, official bans, and police-state tactics.
On the socialist farm, humans are property and the result
is shortages, poverty, misery, and eventually starvation and mass slaughter.
In the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics 62 million humans were killed;
the Peoples' Republic of China, 35 million; and the National Socialist German
Workers' Party, 21 million. (see http://rexcurry.net/socialists.html
). Socialism destroyed cows, chickens, sheep, and grain-fields by the millions,
and then it killed humans, who were treated like animals too. Turtles
are cold-blooded, but not as cold-blooded as socialists. We the sheeple
must fight our socialist farm.
How many millions of turtles and conchs etc., have died
(and have never been born) because of soggy socialism in the U.S.?
It is an anti-capitalist genocide that endangers humans too. Americans
must stop hiding in their shells and demand liberty.
Thank goodness the U.S. government is different toward
most farmlands, foods and goods, or else the disaster would spread.
Chickens and cows would be extinct if socialists had “helped” them. Private
property rights enable farming that keeps chicken, cattle and many popular
forms of restaurant fish off endangered species lists.
The U.S. government is making sure that turtles and conchs
never become as common as poultry and beef. As long as turtle habitats
are socialized, there will be little incentive to release turtles into the
wild, and great incentive to take as many socialized turtles as possible,
Farming would produce bigger and better turtles, and
more of them, with improved quality and flavor. With property rights
in waterways, the abundance and prosperity that inures to land farming, will
inure to all seafood.
Sea turtles can become as popular and abundant as other
farmed seafood, meats, fruits and vegetables. The many “seafood festivals”
will add turtles to the festivities.
The former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Eastern
Europe and Communist China proved that socialism is environmentally disastrous.
Turtles and conchs prove that socialism is environmentally
disastrous in the "Land of the free." Instead of socialist restrictions,
Florida waters need capitalist expansions. Let’s fight the government’s
antidisestablishmentarianism. Privatize and enlarge the everglades.
Let liberty dive deep.
The best environment is a capitalist environment.
Turtles prove that the color of a healthy environment and the color of money
are the same. Mother Nature is a capitalist. Capitalists are the true
Some of the sea turtles on the farm are enormous, 200+
pounds. Someone should move some of the turtles to Stingray City (another
tourist attraction on a sandbar off Grand Cayman Island where wild stingrays
cavort with humans) so that people can cavort with turtles and stingrays
in the water. The sea turtles are so large and powerful that people
could hitch a ride in the water. Riding stingrays isn't done at Stingray
City, probably because a stingray's tail would be in a very sensitive spot
on a human rider.
Sea turtles taste heavenly. The taste proves that
the U.S. is not only a police state, but also a police state with bad taste.
If the U.S. ever ends the ban, then it will start subsidizing turtle
farming, and eventually mandate it with socialized turtle farms.
And farmed turtle is better because it is more tender.
Wild turtle is known for requiring marinating, pounding and various
techniques for tenderizing. Farming provides turtle of more consistent
quality, size and flavor.
Sea turtles were used in history for meat, bone, hides
and fat. Sailors could carry them on long voyages because they could
live on board ships.
Today, capitalists can farm sea turtles by fencing them
or by the more modern method using “homing” tags (transponders) to own and
track turtles as private property on open waters.
The survival rate for turtles at the Cayman
farm is nine times higher than in the wild. Even when turtles are released
into the sea, they often become dinner to non-humans. Raccoons and
other non-human predators legally eat turtle eggs in the wild. Sea
Gulls and other non-human predators legally eat baby sea turtles. Alligators,
Caiman and other endangered species are predators that eat larger turtles.
Only humans are arrested and jailed even for approaching a nest.
By 2020, the four most popular seafoods - shrimp, salmon,
tilapia and catfish - will likely come from the aquaculture industry, and
not from socialized saltwater , but from farms that are privately built and
owned, according to industry analysts.
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