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Friday, May 23, 2003

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A Slow Day

Malibu, California - American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) is sponsoring World Turtle Day. The nonprofit organization founded in 1990 promotes the rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and protection of all species of tortoise and turtle. They strive to educate people to protect their disappearing habitats around the world. ATR was founded by husband and wife Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson. They now shelter dozens of these animals.

Here is a knife with four worms, a knife blade and tortoise shell scales. On the ebay website, we find this position on tortoise shell under "Prohibited Items":

Products made from "tortoise shell" or other turtle products. There are a number of items that have been made, both lawfully and unlawfully, from the shell of the hawksbill turtle, a sea turtle that is now an endangered species protected by federal and international law. At one time, it was lawful to make jewelry, glasses, boxes, and other items using the shell of the hawksbill turtle. However, the 1973 Endangered Species Act made it unlawful to sell items made in whole or part out of genuine hawksbill tortoise shells. eBay will not permit the sale of any item made, in whole or part, from any part of a sea turtle. This includes items such as guitar picks, jewelry, jewelry boxes, hair combs, and other products made from the shell of the hawksbill turtle. Items that appear from the listing to be made from genuine tortoise shell are not permitted. eBay realizes that users commonly use the phrase "tortoise shell" to describe items that have a particular design resembling a tortoise shell, and that many "tortoise shell" products are actually made out of plastic, glass, or a composite material. These items are permitted on eBay. However, to avoid confusion, listings of such "faux" tortoise shell items should clearly state that the item is not made of "genuine" tortoise shell.

Help Wanted

London, England - I aquired this corkscrew today at a UK auction, as part of a multi lot. It's unmarked. The screw does not come out. The handle turns. It is 4 1/2" x 2". It would be helpful to find out about it ... Peter Borrett

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