Number 10-34
Description Tortoises are allowed to be housed in on-campus residence halls
Authored by Lydia Smith-Osbourne
Sponsored by Jimi McNeil
Date Submitted Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Date Considered Wednesday, January 1, 1000
General Body Vote Thursday, January 1, 1970
Committee Committee Affairs
Result n/a
Remarks There is not enough evidence to support allowing tortoises inside residence halls.
Whereas Fish are allowed in residence hall rooms in a 10-gallon or less tank; and
Whereas Tortoises are easier/as easy to clean up after as fish due to less water while living in a tank of the same size; and
Whereas The health risks of owning turtles/tortoises arise when the animals are smaller than 4 inches, which is no longer allowed to be sold in the U.S.; and
Whereas Tortoises would take up the same amount of space and possibly less electricity than an aquarium of fish which would require a filtration device; and
Whereas Tortoise tanks remain cleaner longer due to little algae growth in a dry environment resulting in less of an unpleasant odor; and
Whereas Tortoises are a more expensive investment for a student to make so a student is more likely to take better care of the pet, meaning fewer dead animals to clean up as a result of poor pet maintenance; and The pets would not be allowed to wander around the dorm so that housing staff does not feel responsible for and to ensure the safety of the tortoise.
Be It Further Resolved That Tortoises are allowed to be housed in on-campus residence halls.