A Michigan teenager by the name of Catrina Shears recently filmed her brother slowly decapitating a snapping turtle. The video was unashamedly posted online by Shears and quickly gained publicity due to its vile and graphic content. Shears mentioned that she and her friends regularly kill animals in this way and has shown no remorse since this video went viral. Understandably, numerous people are outraged by the tragic incident. No legal action has been taken by the state of Michigan; demand that justice be served for the deceased turtle.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has reviewed the video and publicly stated that what Shears and her siblings did to the snapping turtle was legal, though it would prefer such videos not be posted online. In an online Facebook discussion Shears mentioned that she did not have an ax to use in order to quickly end the turtle’s life. The graphic video shows her pulling the turtle’s head out of its shell with pliers to allow her brother to slowly and inhumanely saw the turtle’s head off, which lasted for 20 seconds. While the teenagers’ actions were legal, action should be taken in order to ensure no more animals will die like this at the hand of Shears.
By signing this petition you demand justice for the inhumanely murdered snapping turtle. You also demand that videos or photos glorifying the inhumane slaughter of wild animals be forbidden from social media. Shears is gaining publicity from this and shows no remorse; this cannot continue.