Conservation of Turtles.
I was reading this magazine called SCUBAGLOBE Thai Diver, which was distributed during ADEX. As a magazine based in Thailand, most of its articles and advertisments were of Thai dive shops.
Something interesting caught my eye: a poster of a flip-sided turtle getting hacked and towed along the beach. These are excerpts from the short article:
"Turtles are creatures we are familar with and although they appear to be slow and clumsy on land, they are actually graceful swimmers as they effortlessly glide through water.
Turtles are able to procreate between 20-30 years old and dispite a large clutch of eggs, only a few survice to maturity. Unfortunately in Asian waters, turtles mortality rates have doubled over the last four years and are nearing extinction.
Even with these odds, the human race seems determined to make their very existence even more of a challenge. Turtle eggs are high in demand and most cluthches never get to hatch. Adult turtles are too without sanctuary and often hunted for their shells, which are utilized as an ingredient in traditional medicines, made into musical instruments and jewellery accessories such as eyeglass frames, hair clips and pins.
It is quite ironic that the turtle's 'Shell Of Life'- the mobile home it carries on its back, has been allowed to become a cause for its excruciating demise.
Please help save these magnificant creatures by avoiding the consumption or purchase of any products dericed from turtles."
The poster was aptly named "A HOME TO DIE FOR?" by WILDAID.
If you see turtle products on sale in Singapore, inform the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority at 1800-226 2250. And if you're in Thailand, call 1800-226 2250 0-6973-2220-1 or 0-2579-6886.
I am proud that individual countries are able to stand out on their own now to start clamping down on all these activities. Cheerz to you guys at WILDAID THAILAND!!!