Please watch to the end and reblog this video for turtle and tortoise care awareness. These babies were taken from a street vendor who was selling them in awful conditions. He also probably stole them from the wild.
Adopt don’t shop!
Also follow Taylor on Youtube to help her channel grow so she can spread more awareness on these issues.
If you remember the tiny cheering hedgehog, that was her hedgehog Nala. She also does pet feeding, animal care videos, and generally funny stuff.
What Taylor Nicole Dean did was irresponsible. The authorities take the 4 inch law very seriously, as it is meant to protect children from salmonella. She should have allowed them to deal with these turtles.
I find it laughable that you say “adopt don’t shop” when that is the exact opposite of what Taylor did. She paid over $500 for those turtles, making it far easier for the sellers to pay the fine for illegal turtle sale. Those sellers will likely go right back to selling turtles.
As well, the law is typically worded as it being illegal to sell or distribute turtles with a carapace length under four inches, making Taylor’s plans to rehome these turtles, even if most are going to a sanctuary, illegal. I know for a fact she was reported for that, and she may be forced to surrender the turtles to the authorities as well as pay a hefty fine. That is something she should have considered before making the decision to pay for these turtles.
This is likely to inspire others to do the same thing. When you have a channel as large as Taylor’s, you need to consider the impact what you do will have on what your followers will do.
Her channel isn’t that great, either. She promotes impulse buying animals with little to no setup ready for them (her new snakes, she bought three within one month)has some animals in need or larger tanks/cages (cheese needs 250 gallons and I believe he’s in a 150 now, and her hedgehogs cages are too small.) she also doesn’t think about the future of her animals very well. She’s moving in a couple of months, and she’s setting up more tanks, getting more animals, and generally not preparing for the move in a responsible way at all. There are other, actually good YouTube channels out there. This is not one.
She had said a while ago that this sanctuary was going to raise them up and release them back to the wild if possible. Smh nice to see that turned out false. This sanctuary is going to try and adopt them out.
They’re going to be stuck with these things forever.