The relocation of turtles for the America’s Cup presents a host of ethical dilemmas, according to environmentalist Stuart Hayward.
According to the Bermuda Government, temporarily moving turtles from the Great Sound to an ocean enclosure will protect them from marine traffic.
However, Mr Hayward, founder of the Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce, voiced concerns that human intervention in the environment has frequently led to unexpected consequences.
“As examples, the introduction of cane toads, anolis lizards, cannibal snails, kiskadees, casuarinas, Chinese fan palms, to name a few, have shown that Bermuda’s humans still have much to learn about the interconnectedness of the island’s lifeforms and, indeed, life on our planet Earth,” he said in a statement.
“The planned temporary relocating of turtles — certainly with the turtles’ interest at heart — from the America’s Cup main racecourse, poses a number of environmental and ethical dilemmas. There are difficult choices.