Kentucky man illegally sold large numbers of turtles bound for China

“Eastern Box Turtles are protected from commercial trade in every state in which they naturally occur, but with their colorful markings, they are valued in the pet trade, with China and Taiwan as particular destinations, said Jordan Gray, a biologist with the South Carolina-based Turtle Survival Alliance.

The turtle is increasingly a species of concern for conservationists. Taking turtles from the wild degrades natural heritage and can hurt the viability of particular turtle populations, Gray said.

Federal authorities have charged a Kentucky man with illegally trafficking in turtles, which are valued as pets in China.

Christopher Cool, of Jackson County, allegedly told a friend he was making big money selling turtles.”

Read Bill Estep’s article about this case in the Lexington Herald Leader, HERE.


  1. mathew on September 17, 2021 at 2:38 am

    the strange thing is you guys are facebook and instagram friends with the smuglers from china.

  2. Leonard Martinez on September 24, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Chinese are the biggest ecological threat in the world, and the threat is only going to get worse. Two out of every five humans on the planet are Chinese. They are on their way to wiping out species the world over. Soon the only safe places for turtles will be zoos. Greedy sh*tbirds like Christopher Cool should be tried and punished severely.

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