Doing My Part to Help Boost TMNT Toy Sales… ;)
Doing My Part to Help Boost TMNT Toy Sales… ;)
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Letter to Parents About the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Movie
Dear Parents:We’re asking you to save a turtle’s life and perhaps even your child’s.

In August, your children will be enjoying another edition of the extremely popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. This will include a whole new generation of kids who missed the 2007 animated film. It’s fun and great entertainment.


But, we are writing this to ask for your help. Since the first movie was released in 1990, hundreds of thousands of live turtles, mostly water turtles called red eared sliders, were purchased for between $10 and $25 after each ninja movie was released. The result? Many, if not most, were dumped and even deliberately killed or flushed down the toilet. Remember people buying thousands of dogs that ended up in shelters after 101 Dalmatians came me out? Same problem.


Unfortunately, children do not realize that real turtles do not fly, perform stunts or do any of the exciting moves fictional movie turtles do. Parents, trying to please their children, purchased live turtles which ended up languishing in tanks. Or, when the kids realized after a few weeks that these were not ninja turtles, the turtles were dumped illegally into rivers and lakes as well as dumpsters, flushed down toilets or relinquished to shelters and overcrowded rescues. It’s estimated that 90 percent died. As an aside, zoos do not take turtles.


Turtles have been around for 200 million years and outlived the dinosaur. Is this the way we want to treat our precious wildlife? Most of these turtles are taken out of the wild and sold to pet stores, breeders and mercados for profit.


Here’s the bigger problem. Turtles carry salmonella which can make a child very, very sick and can even kill them. That’s why turtles less than four inches were banned from sale in the U.S. in 1974 and still are…tiny turtles easily fit into a child’s mouth. Children also tend to touch the water and don’t wash their hands. It’s an ugly problem. A nine month old baby in Los Angeles got salmonella meningitis from a turtle after its parents touched it and then held the baby. We do not recommend live turtles or tortoises for children under 13 because of salmonella exposure and because the kids lose interest almost immediately.


What can you do to help? Buy Ninja action figures and toys instead of live turtles and save a turtle’s life, and perhaps even your child’s.


Thank you. (Please spread the word and forward this email.)


Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson, Co-founders

American Tortoise Rescue


On a less somber note…TURTLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Suddenly I’m in the mood to do some hardcore bukakke¬†action figure shopping… ;)) xoxo

PS- Weird Al’s new vid really taps into my sapiosexuality… #WeirdAlHasABigDictionary ;)

Posted by Kasey 6 Comments
  • Blind Rob

    Kasey! That Weird Al video was great! I nearly choked when he did the one about ‘you could care less'; it’s been one of my pet peeves for YEARS!!! I thought that I was just being an unmitigated jerk when I mentioned to people and they always just blew me off! Ha! At least now I know I’m not completely alone in thinking that one. thanks for sharing that video!
    P.S. I know I drive my friends absolutely nuts but, I don’t abbreviate and use full sentences when I text. So, to watch the video was even funnier for me since I’m not a grammar Nazi but, since I use full language in text, they tend to be longggggg texts… HeHeHe

  • DianaPrinceXXX

    OMG I do, too…And proper punctuation and whatnot! And that has been one of my pet peeves forever, too, so you are definitely not alone, my friend!! Grammar Nazis Unite!!! ;) xoxo

  • DianaPrinceXXX

    Modified to add: I do rely on emojis quite often as a cheat (otherwise I’d write a novel per TM), but since they make things purdy so I’m completely ok with that. ;)

  • Flush Gorden

    I’ve seen some people getting a bit miffed at the use of the word “Spastic” in the video. It’s a bit of a no no over here. Though I’m sure a lot of people are offended because they think they should be offended just in case someone is watching.

    I can’t bring myself to use number or letters instead of real words either. That’s why my twitter posts have to be carefully constructed so they fit those 140 characters. Oooh and people who can’t use “There” “Their” or “They’re” correctly, especially when they’re speaking. They think I don’t notice but I do.

    Instead of selling Turtles they should do “Adopt a Giant Tortoise” instead, or a Giant Turtle. But Giant Tortoises are so much cooler. They’re they reason I go so slow, so I’ll live for hundreds of years like they do :P

  • habs_69

    I never wanted turtles after seeing the movie, I wanted a pair of Nunchaku or the toys!! Now I had all those toys when I was a kid… The good old days! Now if the turtles could do this I’d get them in a heart beat!! I definitely should be in prison for my word crimes, science and math were always my strong suit… Song describes me in a nutshell, Oh well ;)

  • Brandon Wilson

    Hey Kasey, if you find an April O’Neil Figure from the 2014 Movie Line. Can you get me it? I can’t find it near me and it’s the only one I need to complete my TMNT 2014 Movie Collection. I’d love you forever!