Monday, August 10, 2009

Tortoise Protection Group UK

Welcome to the Tortoise Protection Group Website
The Tortoise Protection Group is a non-profit organisation founded in 2007.

Our site is dedicated to helping ensure the survival of tortoises in the wild by campaigning for a ban on the importation of tortoises for the commercial pet trade, and to promote high standards of husbandry to tortoise keepers in the UK.

With your help we can make a difference
Sign our online petition here

Watch our graphic slide show - not for the faint hearted. (Click on title above to go to website)

See commercial trading of wild caught and captive bred tortoises at the Hamm Terraristica Reptile Fair - A Far Cry From Nature:

We are a group of volunteers striving to campaign against the importation of tortoises into the UK for the commercial pet trade. Please help and be assured that any donation gift, no matter how small, will be well spent working towards making a lasting difference for tortoises. We rely on your generosity to help our cause.

If you wish to donate by using PayPal please click on the Donate button on the right hand side of this page, or alternatively you can send your donation by cheque made payable to the Tortoise Protection Group and send it to our contact address:

The Tortoise Protection Group
PO Box 1484, Oxford, OX3 3BQ

Many thanks for your suppport.


Latest News


The Tortoise Garden in Cornwall has again been targeted by spineless, greedy, thieves. The sanctuary has been offering homes to unwanted tortoises for 11 years and had 7 tortoises stolen in June of this year. 5 futher tortoises were stolen on Sunday; 2 seven year old Indian Stars, 2 two year old Hermanns and a mature Spur-Thighed Tortoise. Last Night, further tortoises were stolen:-

"There is worse news, they came back in the night and stole my big giant and several pens of toddlers, leopards and god knows who else."

If you have any information that may lead to the recovery of the stolen tortoises, please contact John Hayward - Coordinator National Theft Register - who will also handle the issuing of rewards due for the recovery of the animals and the conviction of the dispicable people involved in the theft.

John Hayward

National Theft Register

Tel 01869 325699 / 07802 404929


10th August 2009


TPG Online Petition
We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to sign our online petition and we do hope to be in a position to present both the online and the paper petitions in the near future.

We currently have over 15000 signatures in total but we would appreciate more. If members would kindly consider either signing our online petition, which fortunately we have been able to continue, by clicking here or continuing to collect signatures from work colleagues, friends etc on our paper petition, which can be downloaded here, we should be grateful:-

In the meantime we are waiting to hear back from an MP who is working on our behalf with regards to obtaining answers from Animal Health/DEFRA regarding important issues on importation raised by us.

April 2009


Veterinary Adviser
The TPG are pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Eatwell Veterinary Adviser to the Tortoise Protection Group.

29 March 2009


2008 TPG Annual Review (A Year of Good Progress)
To read a brief summary of the work undertaken by the TPG over the last 12 months click here


Information Required
Would anyone who has purchased a tortoise over the internet please contact us giving details of the transaction, in particular how the tortoise was delivered, packaged etc.

We are also seeking information on any sick tortoises purchased.

Herpes Virus

Tesco Turtle Abuse in China


Click here to view Readers Letters
Latest Item 12 August 2008 - Weed Poem by Sharon B


On the night of July 20th our private collection of 14 tortoises were stolen from our back garden…as they slept. We are so desperately worried about their health and well being after such a long time. Now their hibernation time is getting nearer and it is vital their well-being is monitored at this crucial time.

Please look carefully at the photos below of our 6 Hermann and Spur-thigh adult tortoises, and babies,who are missed terribly and adored by us all.

is offered ….substantial amount…..for ANY information leading to the safe return of the six adult tortoises and their 8 hatchlings, all 3 year olds.

Did you know that these pets are loved, as part of our family?
Did you know they should not be sold unless with DEFRA certificates?

Have you seen a new tortoise in your neighbour’s or a nearby garden, shed or greenhouse?

Have you, or someone you know, been offered a baby or adult tortoise for sale, other than from a pet shop or reputable dealer?

If you can answer “Yes,” to either of those questions…….. PLEASE! PLEASE! Let us know…

In any 1 of the following ways….anonymously if preferred….

Phone Pauline or David Bromly on 02392 381451
E-mail to
Phone Portsmouth Police 0845 045 4545 or Crimestoppers on..0800 555 111
Phone John Hayward, National Stolen Exotic Pets Register on….07802 404929
Two adults have been returned, thanks to someone in Winchester seeing our flyer!!

Please keep looking and help us get the rest home, where they belong!!!!!

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