My name is Michael Butcher I am the Founder and First Trustee Of the Kent Turtle Sanctuary.
When inexperienced owners were sold tiny babies during the TMT craze, they were not given correct information by pet shops eager to make a sale. When they are 1-2 years old and starting to outgrow their original small tank thay are sold at half price with all equipment, Once they reached 4inches they are virtually impossible to sell, so they are given away free or dumped.
Our aim for the future as a charity is to acquire 5 acres of land so we can make the biggest turtle sanctuary in the UK. This means we can save even more of these creatures and also help to reduce their serious threat to our native wildlife. We also intend to have a visitor centre in this new Sanctuary where members of the public can visit to see the turtles and also be educated in the reasons they are abandoned, how to trap them and care for them correctly.