World Turtle Day is celebrated on 23rd May of every year. A non profit organization American Tortoise Rescue established in 1990 honour this day for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle. The major purpose behind such organization is to bring attention and to increase knowledge of and respect for turtles and tortoise. They also wish to encourage human action in order to help them survive and thrive. World Turtle Day is celebrated throughout the world in a variety of ways such as dressing up like turtles or wearing green summer dresses or to do some kind of activities on research and save turtles on highway.
The celebration of World Turtle Day was started in the year 2000. It was started on a basic purpose to increase respect and knowledge for the world’s oldest creature turtle or tortoise. These animals have been around us for more than 200 million years but are disappearing rapidly due to the habitat destruction and pet trade. The ultimate goal of the celebration of the World Turtle Day is to stop the illegal trade of turtle and tortoises around the world and to educate people who are quiet unfamiliar with the proper care about the real risk of contracting salmonella from turtles and tortoise.
The founders of American Tortoise Rescue not only advocate about rescuing Turtle or Tortoise but they advocate human treatment of all animals that includes reptiles too.