The old way -Importing tortoises.

Up until 1984 tortoises were imported into the UK (and lots of other countries) in their millions, generally this was performed in a very inhumane and wasteful way.

Talking to a friend who has recently retired from the pet trade, and having seen lots of photos of crates of tortoises, you may be shocked to know that the importers actually achieved higher sell on prices for dead tortoises than for live ones.

Live ones could be sold for a few shillings, whereas dead ones could be boiled and their shells sold for a double.

Mixed species of unidentified tortoises were imported indiscriminatingly, some very rare others less so.

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