Turtles have roamed the earth for the last 200 million years. They have managed to outlive the dinosaurs who became extinct 60 millions ago. The biggest threat today facing turtles is the Asian Soup Pots. An estimated 1 Billion Chinese are now eating turtles and using them for medical use.
There are 90 species of turtles and tortoises that are now threatened and some are considered endangered.
Around the world --groups of biologists, herpetologists and hobbyist are working together to stop the senseless capture of endangered turtles for the Asian food markets and have started captive breeding programs to ensure their survival.
One such group is the Turtle Survival Alliance that played a major role in December/01 when 7,500 turtles were confiscated in Hong Kong for the Chinese food market.