Turtles tagged with swastikas prompt rally against hate in Renton

“We hope as a community people will show up and strongly say this isn’t OK.”

Two turtles spotted Tuesday disturbed park goers: Their shells were painted with what appear to be swastikas in bright, thick lines.

The animals, which were spotted at Gene Coulon Memorial Park Beach, were brought to Renton residents’ attention on a community Facebook group. The post generated hundreds of reactions.

Other commenters shared they’d also seen the turtles recently and added more photos of the painted shells.

Renton Police Department posted the afternoon of Nov. 5 that they were contacted about the turtles and Animal Control Services would be keeping an eye out for them at a sunspot they like to perch in the water.

Renton City Parks and Trails Director Cailín Hunsaker said they are working with the USDA Wildlife Services to coordinate capturing the turtles. From there, Hunsaker has reached out to local nonprofits to help clean the animals and remove the graffiti.

Chad Cashman-Crane and others are hosting a Rally Against Hate at Gene Coulon in response to the turtle tagging at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Crane said they hope folks will demonstrate against a cross-section of issues: treatment of wildlife in public parks and hate symbols.

“We hope as a community people will show up and strongly say this isn’t OK,” Crane said. “(This rally is) about coming out and standing up for our parks, wildlife and against hate.”

Crane said the incident was shocking, especially to see something like that to be in your own backyard. Crane said they’ve also reached out to several organizations to create a strong response against this.

Officials in Florida state had to release a statement in 2016 asking folks not to paint the shells of turtles after it happened several times in local parks. The paint can harm their ability to absorb vitamins from the sun, create respiratory problems and possibly get toxic chemicals from the paint into their bloodstream.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@rentonreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.rentonreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

Enumclaw Rehab center a hotbed for coronavirus

Ten clients and two employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

State legislators discussed COVID-19 impacts during a East King Chambers Coalition webinar on March 31 moderated by Kate Riley of The Seattle Times. Screenshot
State lawmakers discuss COVID-19 impacts with chambers

Four state lawmakers gathered for a webinar with the East King Chambers Coalition.

Fighting the coronavirus, 100 masks at a time

In the early 1930s, Dorothy Lucille used whatever she had on hand… Continue reading

How will COVID-19 impact wildfire response?

Answers and resources are short in short supply right now, but fire academies are still planned.

Gov. Jay Inslee is pictured March 28 at a field hospital set up at the CenturyLink Field Event Center to address non-COVID-19 medical needs. (Photo courtesy of Jay Inslee’s Twitter feed)
Gov. Inslee warns of stepped-up ‘stay home’ enforcement

“Thousands of calls” from residents concerned about businesses and people not following restrictions.

6 deaths so far in Kent, 4 in Renton, 3 in Auburn from COVID-19

Latest King County results from Public Health—Seattle & King County

Members of Puget Sound Fire who will be staffed at the first responder testing site in Covington received additional training last week. Photo courtesy of Capt. Joe Root
COVID-19 testing site for first responders to open in Covington this week

Testing is by appointment only and not open to the general public.

Property tax deadline extended to June

This only affects those who pay their property taxes themselves.

Most Read