Stolen Turtle Eggs

by Rebecca on October 13, 2010

in Animal Pictures,Animals in the News

From Wikipedia:

All species of sea turtles are listed as threatened or endangered. The leatherback, Kemp’s Ridley, and hawksbill turtles are critically endangered.  The Olive Ridley and green turtles are endangered, and the loggerhead is threatened.  The flatback’s conservation status is unclear due to lack of data.

Another major threat to sea turtles is black-market trade in eggs and meat. This is a problem throughout the world, but especially a concern in the Philippines, India, Indonesia and the coastal nations of Latin America. Estimates reach as high as 35,000 turtles killed a year in Mexico and the same number in Nicaragua. Conservationists in Mexico and the United States have launched “Don’t Eat Sea Turtle” campaigns in order to reduce this trade in sea turtle products.  Turtles are often consumed during the Catholic season of Lent, even though they are reptiles, not fish. Consequently, conservation organizations have written letters to the Pope asking that he declare turtles meat.

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