Ridiculous. Why the hell should you protect a species that’s as common as dirt?
In that case, why is homicide a crime?
Because people are sentient and snapping turtles are not.
Snapping turtles are sentient, homo sapiens are additionally sapient (well, some of them are, but the distinction in the law is not based in that, but mere speciesism).
Because school kids. I could see it if there was just a lot of classes that had turtles as class pets.
That’s a snapping turtle. Am I the only one waiting for that kid to get bit on the ear?