A ban on the importation of non-native turtles into California is being pushed by animal rights activists. The topic will be discussed on April 26 at the upcoming Fish and Game meeting. Click PDF icon and see agenda item 16.
UPDATE: This is not a proposed broad-sweeping ban. Currently, it only includes a few species (genus Apalone and Trachemys). Also, it will be recommended to only target food markets and not affect pets or in-state aquaculture.