NYTTSNew York Turtle and Tortoise Society
NYTTSNew York Times Travel Show (New York, NY)
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The NYTTS featured booths operated by over 500 exhibitors representing 150 countries.
But it cannot protect them from the pet trade, which is now scooping them out of the wild by the tens of thousands and shipping them off to Europe as "disposable pets," says Suzanne Dohm, president of the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society (NYTTS), an organization focusing on box turtle protection.
Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the NYTTS, dealers ask local people - often children - to collect turtles, paying them 25 cents to a few dollars per turtle.