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(San Luis Obispo Tribune)   New addition to the list of things the health department says can kill you at the local fair: live baby turtles being given away as prizes   (sanluisobispo.com) divider line 22
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2013-07-26 03:03:41 AM
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2013-07-26 03:03:42 AM
You gotta stay away from turtles and chicken-heads. You may wind up with salmonella.
 
2013-07-26 03:08:59 AM
New?

They haven't done that in years due to that.
 
2013-07-26 03:10:59 AM
Baby turtles are so cute, though!

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2013-07-26 03:12:03 AM
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Doomed.
 
2013-07-26 04:02:16 AM
Why are they giving away live anything at fairs? Even excluding PETA, wouldn't the moms complain, since they'll be the ones taking care of them in a week or two?
 
2013-07-26 04:18:11 AM
That's messed up. I've heard of goldfish as prizes, but never turtles. Sick and cruel. Most of those creatures will be tortured and killed.
 
2013-07-26 04:27:56 AM

Gyrfalcon: Why are they giving away live anything at fairs? Even excluding PETA, wouldn't the moms complain, since they'll be the ones taking care of them in a week or two?


You think these things will live more than a day and a half? What kind of fancy shmancy froo-froo fairs did you go to as a kid? When I was little the goldfish were already dead when you got them and we were thankful!

Seriously, though. I haven't seen goldfish or turtles at an American fair in like fifteen years.
Still going strong in Japan. Goldfish, turtles, crawdads, salamanders and I hear some places still do baby chicks.
 
2013-07-26 04:31:50 AM

Omnis_evil_twin: Still going strong in Japan. Goldfish, turtles, crawdads, salamanders and I hear some places still do baby chicks.


Every year we'd get a handful of goldfish, and if you're lucky they end up living a long time. We had two survive 4 years, but they died when my wife changed the water while I was still overseas. It was very sad.
 
2013-07-26 05:07:45 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Omnis_evil_twin: Still going strong in Japan. Goldfish, turtles, crawdads, salamanders and I hear some places still do baby chicks.

Every year we'd get a handful of goldfish, and if you're lucky they end up living a long time. We had two survive 4 years, but they died when my wife changed the water while I was still overseas. It was very sad.


Similar thing here. Had a couple goldfish going strong three years until mom's boyfriend cleaned the tank with dish soap one day. Idiot.

I've never tried for goldfish at the matsuri but I may give it a go this year.
 
2013-07-26 05:45:59 AM

Omnis_evil_twin: AverageAmericanGuy: Omnis_evil_twin: Still going strong in Japan. Goldfish, turtles, crawdads, salamanders and I hear some places still do baby chicks.

Every year we'd get a handful of goldfish, and if you're lucky they end up living a long time. We had two survive 4 years, but they died when my wife changed the water while I was still overseas. It was very sad.

Similar thing here. Had a couple goldfish going strong three years until mom's boyfriend cleaned the tank with dish soap one day. Idiot.

I've never tried for goldfish at the matsuri but I may give it a go this year.


Keep the paddle flat and move it sideways. Keep the goldfish on the edge of the paper, not in the middle.

These words have been passed down to me from goldfish matsuri masters. Now I pass them on to you.
 
2013-07-26 07:04:12 AM

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Doomed.


im late...pity.

well done, carry on
 
2013-07-26 07:10:51 AM
old news

/so exciting
 
2013-07-26 07:53:47 AM
I came out of my coma for this?

/oh wait .. no, nevemind
 
2013-07-26 07:55:09 AM
If that picture was reflective of the size of the turtles being given away, the carnies violated federal law.  Turtles have to have a carapace of at least 4 inches in order to be legal for sale.  Amusingly, although turtles of all sizes can carry salmonella, the 4 inch restriction was put in place because the government was concerned that children were putting turtles in their mouths.  Further, hatchling turtles have extremely high mortality rates if they are not cared for properly.

/have 2 red-eared sliders that I purchased in high school...both were the size of a quarter at the time of purchase...both are well over 8 inches now and still growing.
//Today is Friday, which means it's goldfish day for the turtles...
 
2013-07-26 08:37:09 AM
Did the health dept. tell them to cool it now? They really should just give away candy girls.
 
2013-07-26 08:47:34 AM

abhorrent1: old news

/so exciting


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2013-07-26 09:36:43 AM
better than the fetus (what's the plural of fetus) they were giving out at the North Dakota state fair...

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/07/24/north-dakota-pro-life-group-ha nd s-out-creepy-toy-fetuses-to-kids-at-state-fair/

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2013-07-26 10:57:40 AM
Only if they mutate.

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2013-07-26 12:20:00 PM

Omnis_evil_twin: Gyrfalcon: Why are they giving away live anything at fairs? Even excluding PETA, wouldn't the moms complain, since they'll be the ones taking care of them in a week or two?

You think these things will live more than a day and a half? What kind of fancy shmancy froo-froo fairs did you go to as a kid? When I was little the goldfish were already dead when you got them and we were thankful!

Seriously, though. I haven't seen goldfish or turtles at an American fair in like fifteen years.
Still going strong in Japan. Goldfish, turtles, crawdads, salamanders and I hear some places still do baby chicks.


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/they're harmless as keychains though.
//harmless for the key-owner, at least.
 
2013-07-26 01:16:02 PM
Poor things. That's very upsetting knowing that people will treat them as trinkets rather than live baby animals.
 
2013-07-26 03:08:11 PM
The fair promoters are saying that it was a mix-up in the supply chain and they weren't supposed to get under 4" turtles. I have a feeling they were trying to get the cheapest/cutest prizes available and, ignorant of the federal law prohibiting their sale, ordered the little buggers. I would think the turtle farm or wherever you get these kinds of things would know about the federal law banning their sale.

Gotta love the way the local newscasts made it out to be some kind of Holocaust. "What deadly item was given away at the Mid-State Fair? We'll scare you at 11."

BTW: A lot of the people going to this fair raise all kinds of their own animals so I doubt the faint threat of possible, maybe salmonella scared them all that much. Most of them will end up in people's ponds. I had six huge ones in the pond next to my house before I moved. I guess they ate frogs. There was a ton of frogs.
 
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