And, that law is Federal, not just on the community/state level.
I guess you're assuming I'm talking about the 4 inch rule law? I'm not even talking about that. I'm talking about management as a whole. I just mentioned sliders because personally I'm all for the collection of them at any level that people want to as it has been shown that you can't erradicate the darn things even if you try.
There is NOTHING in the ad that suggests he's doing anything illegally. So what if he didn't spefically say common snappers, most turtle trappers that I've dealt with won't touch an alligator snapper with a 10 ft pole due to legal concearns. When a turtle trapper talks about snappers, they're usually talking about common snappers unless specifically stated. And besides, it was in the paper classifieds, I don't think it warrants him to spell out everything.
Wouldnt his practices, IF they were illegal - have a negative impact on the local community?
Hmm, well, not necessarily. Just b/c something is in the law books doesn't mean that it is set in stone as the de facto standard for conservation. Sure, laws should be followed. A simple phone call to the guy, or even investigating if the guy is behaving in an illegal manner would probably be the first step to correct things, not running an ad trying to put the guy down.
I urge that if people think turtles are over collected, go to a turtle market. There are several around the state. Look at the literal truck loads of turtles that get brought in. Talk to the people. You'll find out that even with the large numbers that they're bringing in they're still catching them for 10-15-20 years in the same areas. If they were over collecting they'd run out of turtles really quick. People are really quick to jump on the bandwagon of "don't take that out of the wild for commercial or scientific purposes!" but are alright with people collecting for pets. They assume that the population structure of all animals are at such a point that removing just a few animals will knock it out of balance, when that really isn't the case.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster is TRUTH