Man buys all the sea turtles from a food market, then sets them all free

Whether or not you’re a vegan or a vegetarian, most animal lovers can agree there are certain creatures you should not eat—especially endangered animals.

But some of these at-risk species are still sold to be eaten, like the sea turtle. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service writes that while sea turtles “are among the world’s most imperiled wildlife,” they are still frequently sold for their meat.

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But one man is fighting back, saving sea turtles before they end up as someone’s dinner.

A man named Arron Culling, from Greymouth, New Zealand, found some turtles being sold at a local market.

He bought them all for $50. But he didn’t intend to eat them for dinner.

He wanted to set them free!

Culling drove “5 km up the road” to a beach and set the turtles free to their natural habitat.

He posted the photos to Facebook, showing the freed turtles crawling back to sea.

A 2014 study showed found that 42,000 sea turtles were legally killed in a single year despite being endangered.

We need a change in laws and regulations to help save the sea turtle population, but until then it’s great to see people are finding ways to fight back.

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