Hundreds Out on the Streets for Tesco Demos
The plight of the Tesco Turtles Reaches Millions
Viva! out in force
for turtles in Bristol
Over 160 peaceful demos took place outside Tesco stores
on Saturday 14 July 2007, with around a thousand people calling for them to
stop selling live turtles in their Chinese stores.
to everyone who took part!
the completely unrelated security scares (which are reportedly
financially motivated) the public were overwhelmingly supportive, and
many pledged to lend the campaign their support.
The response of the street was astounding. Kelly held a demo in
central London, she told us "The demo went really well on sat. I
had over 20 people turn up and I sent some off to do another two
stores, so we covered 3 stores in central London. We stayed until we
had handed out all the leaflets, which only took 2.5 hours. People
were very responsive and we gave out all the postcards and spoke to a
few people. There was also a new girl who hadn't done any activism
before and she was keen to get involved so I let her know about
everything happening in London and the date of the next London Animal
Rights meeting. So it was a very positive day." Judi from North
Wales told us, "Hope
you had a fantastic response all over Britain to your campaign, as we
did at our local Tesco.".
Ursula in Solihull said, "We actually did two demos; one at
Monkspath and then another at the slightly smaller Tesco store in Hall
Green. Pretty well everybody was very supportive."
|Just some of the
press coverage the turtles got thanks to you.
Viva! has been working with other animal welfare groups
and, since we became involved, Tesco have bowed to this combined
pressure by stopping selling all but one type of turtle: the Chinese
soft-shell. However, they are still killed to order by chopping off
their heads - and because it can take up to an hour for them to die Tesco now ask for them to be hit with a hammer until they are dead.
This is an imprecise slaughter method which can still result in great
suffering. Others are sold live to customers, who take them home to
butcher any way they choose.
The Day of Action and resulting press coverage - which
has seen the plight of the Tesco turtles featured in the Evening
Standard, The Daily Mail, The Times and most national, and many local,
newspapers - has sent a very loud message to Tesco: animal abuse is
animal abuse no matter where it happens.
However, the Tesco turtles still need your help! Consumer pressure
is already making a difference - help us keep the pressure on!
to find out what you can do to help.
If you have any questions about this campaign contact Justin or Oriel on 0117 944 1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
"Wild animals sold by Tesco are
captured, tortured and slaughtered
in the most horrible ways imaginable.
Clearly, every little hurts."
Hayley Mills, Viva! patron and star of ITV’s Wild at Heart
"Already threatened by habitat destruction and pollution, turtles now
have an unlikely but formidable foe - Tesco. It is unacceptable to allow
an animal to suffer in this manner. It is also hypocritical for a
British supermarket to sanction this kind of slaughter when Tesco's
would not allow animals to be killed in such an inhumane way in Britain."
Sanjida O'Connell, presenter of BBC's Nature's Calendar