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Turtles spotted in Seattle with swastikas painted on shells, elude authorities

Officials call in the feds to help catch the reptiles; ADL calls turtle tagging ‘inhumane and offensive’

One of the unwittingly anti-Semitic turtles at a park outside Seattle, November 2019. (Screenshot from Twitter via JTA)
One of the unwittingly anti-Semitic turtles at a park outside Seattle, November 2019. (Screenshot from Twitter via JTA)

Swastikas have been found painted on the shells of several turtles in a park outside Seattle, and local animal control officers are having trouble catching them.

Federal help is now being called in to help apprehend the tagged turtles, according to KIRO, a local TV station. The turtles are at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. The swastikas appear to be painted in the wrong direction.

A rally against hate will be held at the park at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“This inhumane and offensive act has no place in our community,” read a tweet from the local office of the Anti-Defamation League.

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