Turtles | Viva! - The Vegan Charity


Tesco has confirmed that it has stopped selling live turtles in its stores in China! This comes after a long, 8 year campaign by Viva!. Thank you to everyone who has written to Tesco and helped secure this important victory. Read the coverage in the Daily Mail.

We say: “Tesco previously ignored reptile experts’ evidence of cruelty and statements that the trade in turtles contributed to the decimation of wild stocks.  This cruel trade in live animals would have never been acceptable in Britain, yet presumably these profits came back to fill Tesco’s coffers in this country. So we welcome the chain finally making the ethical move to stop selling live turtles in their stores in China. It shows that sustained consumer pressure really does work.”

Why the campaign?

Tesco – one of Britain’s largest retailers – was making money off the back of animal torture, by selling live animals in their stores in China. Turtles were decapitated by staff without being stunned first – or were sold live to customers who take them home to kill in any way they choose. This cruel and barbaric trade was not only an animal welfare nightmare, it was also an ecological disaster.

Tesco was putting profit over principle. We are delighted that they have changed their mind after you told them to stop.

Turtle slaughter
Tesco have stopped selling live turtles for people to take home to butcher any way they want

What can I do?

This is an important victory, but please remember the best way to end the suffering of all animals is to go vegan - or at least start in that direction. We can help you do just that. Please also share this page with your friends and family so that they know how animals suffer and how they can help end that suffering. 

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