Yes, after getting the helpful advice of the Turtle Nazis who all step-in-place and mumble the same nonsense about freeing pets into the wild, I took my three red-eared Sliders to an Indian Reservation which is also in this area, and I found them a nice relatively unknown body of water which was full of guppies and tadpoles, and I released them into this virgin water! The turtles were overjoyed! I stayed there over an hour just watching them swim around, and snagging tadpoles was easy for them, but the guppies were harder to catch.

They swam around and climbed on various sticks and other things floating in the water, and also on various plants. This little pond is part of a bigger waterway, but on the edges it was very shallow so that the turtles could go from being in about two feet of water all the way to where it was at least ten feet deep. Sure, there is a chance that an alligator or very large Bass or some of the larger marsh birds could eat those turtles, but they really looked like they were in their natural environment, and if a turtle could look "happy" then these turtles were over-joyed!!
So if you can't take care of your own turtle (and it is healthy) and there is no law that prohibits you from releasing your critter into a local pond, river, canal, or lake; THEN FREE YOUR TURTLE TODAY!!! Watch as they swim away! It was like some kind of scene from any number of nature films (how come people always release their pet animals back into the wild in every nature-family-Disney Movie??)
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So if you can't take care of your own turtle (and it is healthy) and there is no law that prohibits you from releasing your critter into a local pond, river, canal, or lake;snip

So, did you just assume there was no laws, or did you actually research the hunting and wildlife regulations of yours state and county?

Releasing domesticated animals in some areas is against the law, some areas a felony.
Chad
So if you can't take care of your own turtle (and it is healthy) and there is no law that prohibits you from releasing your critter into a local pond, river, canal, or lake; THEN FREE YOUR TURTLE TODAY!!!

From Florida's wildlife statutes:
372.265 Regulation of foreign animals.
1) It is unlawful to import for sale or use, or to release within thisstate, any species of the animal kingdom not indigenous to Florida without having obtained a permit to do so from the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

2) The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is authorized to issue ordeny such a permit upon the completion of studies of the species made by it to determine any detrimental effect the species might have on the ecology of the state.

3) Persons in violation of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanorof the first degree, punishable as provided in s.

775.082 or s. 775.083.History.—s. 1, ch. 70-145; s. 308, ch. 71-136; s. 2, ch. 71-294; s. 2, ch. 80-129; s. 131, ch.99-245.
I'm sure it's the same in just about every other state.

Wow! Did you guys know that in Florida it is now possible to report wildlife law violations online? And apparently there's a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest! I declined the option to receive an award because I know the Fish and Wildlife Commission is short on funds.
I know it's a long-shot "Don", but my fingers are crossed!

-Z
He didnt even research the turtles themselves
and thought they grew to 2 foot long!!!
(They actually get from 7"-11" tops)
Of course he didnt check first!!
Yes, after getting the helpful advice of the Turtle Nazis who all step-in-place and mumble the same nonsense about freeing ... water which was full of guppies and tadpoles, and I released them into this virgin water! The turtles were overjoyed!

...and the tadpoles' days were numbered!
I'm assuming you reviewed the natural range of red-eared sliders (http://bss.sfsu.edu:224/courses/Fall01%20projects/reslider.htm; scroll down to the map) and discovered you released them outside their natural range. I'll make an even greater assumption that you tried to do what's in the best interest of your turtle by consulting
http://www.turtlehomes.org/usa/red ear slider adoptions.shtml and came up empty-handed.
Sure, there is a chance that an alligator or very large Bass or some of the larger marsh birds could eat those turtles,

Or that they'll wander, looking for their "home," and get hit by a car.
So if you can't take care of your own turtle (and it is healthy) and there is no law that prohibits you from releasing your critter into a localpond,

Why should a law stop someone, if "freeing" their turtle is the "right" thing to do? After all, Florida says it's illegal (first-degree misdemeanor unless you have a permit from the Fish and Wildlife Commission in accordance with sec. 372.265)
away! It was like some kind of scene from any number of nature films (how come people always release their pet animals back into the wild in every nature-family-Disney Movie??)

In Disney movies, they also shoot the family dog.
I'm sure it's the same in just about every other state.

You beat me to the punch!
While I don't agree that just because something is illegal makes it immoral or the "wrong" thing to do, in this case I think it's the wrong thing to do (release nonnative sliders into FL waters, especially the Everglades as the OP mentioned doing in the past) even if it wasn't illegal.
Wow! Did you guys know that in Florida it is now possible to report wildlife law violations online?

Did you know it's also illegal to display a deformed animal? Does that mean one can't find a single albino snake (or mouse, for that matter) in any FL pet store? After all, albinism is an abberant morph.
Yes, after getting the helpful advice of the Turtle Nazis who all step-in-place and mumble the same nonsense about freeing ... number of nature films (how come people always release their pet animals back into the wild in every nature-family-Disney Movie??)

His names on his email. His isp can probably refer the authorities to him. then the turtle nazis can have him put in a concentration camp. If nothing else feed him to the spam trolls.
Did you know it's also illegal to display a deformed animal? Does that mean one can't find a single albino snake (or mouse, for that matter) in any FL pet store? After all, albinism is an abberant morph.

My (limited) experience has been that cases like this tend to get enforced if they can find the person. Of course, they may decide that contacting the ISP to find who the OP really is is too much of a pain in the *** (and then there's the question of whether his statements are enough for them to act on), but I can dream, right?
-Z
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Also, how the hell can you say the area you placed the turtles is anything like it's natural environment?? THEY WERE CAPTIVE TURTLES!!

Again, red eared sliders available in the pet trade are by and large wild caught. To find CB RES would be a beautiful thing... but not bloody likely.
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