Activists say Cayman must stop farming sea turtles

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Posted: Oct 18, 2012 5:02 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Wildlife advocates are calling for a popular tourist attraction in the Cayman Islands to halt the farming of sea turtles.

The Florida-based Sea Turtle Conservancy has joined the London-based World Society for the Protection of Animals in a campaign to stop the government-funded Cayman Turtle Farm from farming green sea turtles.

Conservancy director David Godfrey said Thursday that "it's time to turn things around" at the roughly 40-year-old facility.

The turtle farm says it follows internationally accepted and humane animal husbandry practices. It says over 31,000 yearlings have been released into the wild. Some are harvested for meat.

The Cayman farm touts itself as the largest land-based attraction on the islands, attracting more than 500,000 visitors a year. It features a lagoon where visitors can swim with green sea turtles.