Cross-border turtle poaching, such as between Malaysia and the Philippines, can be curbed through international cooperation, wildlife advocates here said. In a joint statement here yesterday, wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC and WWF Malaysia said such action had to be carried out within the borders of the respective countries and along the illegal trade chain from sandy beach nesting sites to bustling urban markets.
“There is a need for concerted efforts to bring turtle egg poachers and traffickers to book.
“We hear little about offenders being arrested or prosecuted,” they said.
Despite various laws already being in place, they said the odds were stacked against the survival of the turtles and perpetrators must be caught to stem the problem.
Their statement came on the heels of the seizure of 6,500 turtle eggs in two raids by Sabah marine police last week.
Marine officers found 3,000 eggs during a raid on a pump boat on May 31 and another 3,500 eggs in plastic bags in some bushes the next day, both in the Sandakan district.
No arrests were made.
In their statement, TRAFFIC South-East Asia regional director Dr Chris Shepherd and WWF Malaysia executive director Datuk Dr Dionysius Sharma said public information led to the seizures. More....