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# Loggerhead turtles are an endangered species

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Loggerhead turtles are an endangered species. Aquarium officials presumably know and are concerned about the declining number of wild loggerheads. Nevertheless, aquariums keep loggerheads and display them. These turtles are being kept in captivity and are thus prevented from adding to the population of wild turtles. Each of the following, if true, contributes to an explanation of why aquarium officials keep loggerheads in captivity EXCEPT:

(A) The adult loggerheads in captivity are too severely injured to survive in the wild.

(B) The baby loggerheads in captivity are hatch lings, too weak to survive in the wild.

(C) The population of loggerheads in captivity has declined slightly over the last 20 years.

(D) The captive loggerheads are used to help educate the public about the needs of wild loggerheads so that the public will take greater care not to harm them.

(E) The captive loggerheads are bred, and their offspring are released into the wild, which helps increase the number of wild turtles.
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03 Jun 2016, 18:12
Here are my views--

(A) The adult loggerheads in captivity are too severely injured to survive in the wild.--OK it can be a reason--this will at least save adult L.Turtles.

(B) The baby loggerheads in captivity are hatch lines, too weak to survive in the wild.--OK it can be a reason--this will at least save baby L.Turtles

© The population of loggerheads in captivity has declined slightly over the last 20 years.--Does not affect anything and thus is the right answer.

(D) The captive loggerheads are used to help educate the public about the needs of wild loggerheads so that the public will take greater care not to harm them.--Ok can be the reason--Public awareness will help increase the number of L.Turtles.

(E) The captive loggerheads are bred, and their offspring are released into the wild, which helps increase the number of wild turtles.--Ok can be the reason--this will help increase their number.
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03 Jun 2016, 19:17
tagmag wrote:
Loggerhead turtles are an endangered species. Aquarium officials presumably know and are concerned about the declining number of wild loggerheads. Nevertheless, aquariums keep loggerheads and display them. These turtles are being kept in captivity and are thus prevented from adding to the population of wild turtles. Each of the following, if true, contributes to an explanation of why aquarium officials keep loggerheads in captivity EXCEPT:

(A) The adult loggerheads in captivity are too severely injured to survive in the wild.

(B) The baby loggerheads in captivity are hatch lings, too weak to survive in the wild.

(C) The population of loggerheads in captivity has declined slightly over the last 20 years.

(D) The captive loggerheads are used to help educate the public about the needs of wild loggerheads so that the public will take greater care not to harm them.

(E) The captive loggerheads are bred, and their offspring are released into the wild, which helps increase the number of wild turtles.

All options that justify keeping loggerheads in captivity have to be rejected. Let us review.

(A) Justified. No point in releasing these injured adult loggerheads. So Reject.
(B) Justified. No point in releasing these baby loggerheads. So Reject.
(C) Highlights a negative aspect of keeping loggerheads in captivity. Hold
(D) Justified. This can only help the wild population. So Reject.
(E) Justified. This activity will benefit the wild loggerheads. So Reject.

(C) is the answer. (Both by elimination and also because it highlights negative aspects of keeping loggerheads in captivity.
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29 Nov 2019, 22:02
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