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Biodiversity: eleven turtles protected and found butchered off the coast of Malaysia

Biodiversity: eleven turtles protected and found butchered off the coast of Malaysia

Eleven sea turtles were found butchered off the coast of Malaysia, although they belonged to the protected species of green turtles.

These are considered threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Authorities say the eleven animals, which lay on the Malaysian part of the island of Borneo, were butchered by a local ethnic group to be eaten.

“Wildlife crimes with sea turtles in Semporna district are often committed by Bajau Laut,” said Augustine Tuuga, director of the Sabah Wildlife Protection Department.

In Malaysia, killing protected turtles is a crime punishable by prison and a heavy fine. Yet poaching continues to kill more than 50,000 sea turtles each year in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, according to environmental NGO WWF.

Beyond hunters, who eat their flesh and collect their eggs, turtles also have to deal with the development of fishing. They are often mistakenly caught in nets. Vehicle traffic on beaches and human activities also endanger their survival.

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