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'These Guys Are Complete Idiots'
By Zachary Toliver
Two men who "surfed" on top of a beached sea turtle in Queensland, Australia, are this week's biggest idiots. Authorities are now investigating the photo of their cruel stunt and they could face a hefty fine—in addition to the wrath of the Internet.
The photo—in which the men are seen drinking and standing on top of the turtle—was reportedly posted to Facebook by 26-year-old Ricky Rogers with a caption that read, "Surfed a tortoise on zee weekend.. gnarly duddddeeeee [sic]." After receiving thousands of outrage-filled comments, Rogers made his account private.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Queensland spokesperson Michael Beatty didn't hold back when discussing the photo with the Fraser Coast Chronicle: "These guys are just complete idiots—there's no way they should be doing what they were doing."
Beatty also said that the men could have seriously injured the turtle, but it's unknown whether the animal was alive or dead at the time that the photo was taken.
According to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, the men could have to pay a fine of up to $20,000 for their cruelty.
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
By Whitney E. Akers
- "The Game Changers" is a new documentary on Netflix that posits a vegan diet can improve athletic performance in professional athletes.
- Limited studies available show that the type of diet — plant-based or omnivorous — doesn't give you an athletic advantage.
- We talked to experts about what diet is the best for athletic performance.
Packed with record-setting athletes displaying cut physiques and explosive power, "The Game Changers," a new documentary on Netflix, has a clear message: Vegan is best.
By John R. Platt
When it comes to solving problems related to wildlife trade, there are an awful lot of "sticky widgets."
By Bijal Trivedi
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on Nov. 13 that describes a list of microorganisms that have become resistant to antibiotics and pose a serious threat to public health. Each year these so-called superbugs cause more than 2.8 million infections in the U.S. and kill more than 35,000 people.