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Featured Animal Charity: Turtle Island Restoration Project

Posted in All Things Dairy-Free, Contests and Giveaways February 25, 2014

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 Turtle Island has supported efforts to help more than 600,000 baby sea turtles make it  to the ocean.  Photo by Wildlifeppl.

Turtle Island has supported efforts to help more than 600,000 baby sea turtles make it to the ocean. Photo by Wildlifeppl.

At So Delicious Dairy Free, our philosophy of doing business is based on our firm commitment to treating everyone and everything—animals, the environment, each other, our partners, and our community—with unwavering respect. This month, we’re celebrating our commitment to animal rights and welfare through our “Say Yes To What You Love: Furry Friends” photo contest. We’re asking fans like you to share your pet photos and stories for a chance to win a $2,000 donation to the animal rescue or charity of your choice and a fun gift pack for you and your companion animals! Learn more about the contest at http://bit.ly/SayYesContest.

This week, we’re highlighting Turtle Island Restoration Network, a wonderful organization that we’ve supported for over two decades. Thanks to Turtle Island Restoration Network for providing the information below!

Turtle Island Restoration Network

Turtle Island Restoration Network is a leading advocate for the world’s oceans and marine wildlife. Our work is based on science, fueled by people who care, and effectively at catalyzes long-lasting positive change that protect the likes of green sea turtles, whale sharks and coho salmon.

By working with people and communities, we are able to preserve and restore critical habitats from the redwood-forested creek banks of California to the brimming-with-marine-life waters of the Galapagos Islands.

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Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Executive Director and Wildlife Biologist Todd Steiner tagging a sea turtle to track it’s migration route.

We got our start in 1989 when young biologist and wildlife advocate Todd Steiner was studying the nesting behavior of sea turtles. He became disturbed by reports that a slaughterhouse in Mexico was killing thousands upon thousands of sea turtles each year and selling the turtles’ skin to Japan. Steiner knew that the time had come to act, so he launched the first program of Turtle Island – the Sea Turtle Restoration Project. Soon after, he mobilized an international campaign to outlaw and halt the commercial killing of sea turtles in Mexico.

Turtle Island has since grown to include programs that protect sea turtles, sharks, salmons, sea birds and mammals, important ocean migratory ‘swim ways,’ and public health. Each of our programs gives the public a chance to get involved in efforts to protect our blue-green planet, which we believe is a key component.

So Delicious Dairy Free was an early and enthusiastic supporter of our environmental work – even when they were just starting out as a company. Our Executive Director Todd Steiner can remember when twenty years ago, So Delicious sent us $17 checks in the mail (or 1 percent of their profits each month). This was before the movement to create socially-conscious companies had taken off, and at the time was a revolutionary way to run a business.

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Turtle Island volunteers collected more than a ton of plastic and other marine debris in 2013.

Over the course of our relationship, So Delicious has contributed more than $100,000 and has helped us save thousands of sea turtles and other marine species through hands-on conservation, policy change, and consumer change campaigns. 

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Turtle Island won a campaign to compel 20 countries to use ‘Turtle Excluder Devices’ or TEDs which allow sea turtles to escape from a shrimp net. Photo by NOAA.

Turtle Island has achieved real, lasting results. We’ve saved 50,000 sea turtles annually with our international campaign to end “legal” slaughter of turtles on Mexico’s coast, convinced 20 nations to adopt rules that make shrimp nets safer for sea turtles, and rescued over 15,000 young coho salmon from drying pools and streams to ensure the survival of a species that’s at risk for extinction.

The impact of your donation can clearly be seen in our successes. We hope you will learn more about us at seaturtles.org and become apart of our active network of volunteers and members. You can help us put an end to destructive fishing practices, restore our oceans and rivers, and ensure the survival of marine wildlife like the endangered hawksbill sea turtle.

Check out this video for more information about the Turtle Island Restoration Network and our partnership with So Delicious Dairy Free:


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