Malaysian turtles face extinction – WWF
Conservationist warned today that Malaysians’ voracious appetite for turtle eggs could drive the marine creatures to extinction on its shores. Turtle eggs are sold openly in markets in parts of Malaysia. Turtles once arrived in their thousands to lay eggs on Malaysian beaches, but are now increasingly rare due to poaching and coastal development. Environmental group WWF released a report saying that hundreds of thousands of turtle eggs are eaten in Malaysia every year, despite campaigns to get them off the menu. “One of the contributing factors to the leatherback turtles’ disappearance from our shores is egg consumption. “We wouldn’t want the same thing to happen to our green and hawksbill turtles,” said WWF-Malaysia executive director Dionysius S.K. Sharma.