Not OK to sell turtle eggs

The Star was the only daily that carried the article which says that the sale of turtle eggs would soon be legalised in a so-called attempt to “thwart any unlawful sales.”

OK soon to sell turtle eggs

DUNGUN: The state government is expected to review the Fisheries Act to allow the issuance of licences to turtle egg traders here.

State Agriculture and Regional Development committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jidin Shafee said that in an unprecedented move, the regulations would be amended to monitor the sales of turtle eggs.

“We are in the midst of making a proposal, hopefully to be tabled by next year, so that licences can be issued to egg collectors and traders, making the activity legal,” he said after releasing 500 turtles hatchlings to the open sea along the shoreline at Rantau Abang here yesterday.

Mohd Jidin said, currently, the sales of eggs from Terengganu beaches were prohibited and those caught doing so could face action.

However, he noted that illegal sales were rife and difficult to control without a proper monitoring system.

Quoting a recent report from The Star on the sale of turtle eggs in Pasar Payang here, he said the state government was concerned over the indiscriminate sales.

He said with the issuance of the licence, the relevant authorities including the State Fisheries Department, could thwart any unlawful sales.

He said the Turtle and Marine Ecosystem Center (Tumec) here was successful in incubating enormous number of eggs and realising the hatchlings back to the sea.

Mohd Jidin said hundreds of hatchlings were released daily at Rantau Abang here.

Earlier, some 500 hatchlings were released along the beach at Rantau Abang here in conjunction with the upcoming double festive season.

The hatchlings headed straight to the open sea after they were released by Mohd Jidin, Tumec chief Kamarruddin Ibrahim and other local leaders.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that the remaining turtle populations in Malaysia will soon become extinct with the legalization of the sale of turtle eggs. But why aren’t are the st*pid leaders getting the hint?! An archive search led to an array of rebuttals from politicians, academics, and from the public. And all these rebuttals actually fall on deaf ears?!

Legalizing the sale of turtle eggs will only drive the remaining species to extinction. FASTER. If you don’t already know, we are purchasing river terrapin eggs from the Setiu villagers for RM4 each. Four-freaking-ringgit for an oval-shaped egg that contains comparable amount of nutrients as a chicken egg. And the marine turtle eggs are only reaching RM1.60 each. There is still a long way to go until the villagers deem those eggs “too expensive”. But when that happens, they’ll probably not be able to see the turtle AND the eggs anymore.

Legalizing the sale of turtle eggs will only heighten the sales. NOT thwart them. Every local folk will lay their hands on as many eggs as possible because why, those eggs can be sold for a reasonably high price, compared to chicken eggs which costs about 30sen each!!

Immediately after the article was published, it was picked up by BBC with the headlines screaming Malaysia turtle egg plan “crazy”. Do you see what I see? I think it is very embarrassing that we have environmentalists from another country branding what we do with our own natural resourses as “crazy”. In fact, I find it very humiliating.

Malaysia turtle egg plan “crazy”

Environmentalists have branded a plan to protect turtles in Malaysia by licensing turtle egg collection in a key breeding areas as “crazy”.

The authorities in Terengganu state say the plan to legalise the trade will help them control it better.

Conservationists say it will drive the creatures further towards extinction.

Tourists used to come in droves to Terengganu, on peninsular Malaysia’s east coast, to watch thousands of turtles come ashore to nest each year.

But illegal egg collection and modern fishing practices have driven many turtle species to the brink of extinction.

Dismal

Terengganu’s head of agriculture and regional development, Mohamad Jidin Shafie, says conservation efforts seem to have failed.

He says banning egg collecting merely raises prices and encourages poaching.

But many environmentalists are aghast.

They say the local government’s attempts to stop the turtle egg trade have been dismal – eggs are on sale openly throughout the state.

And they have described the plan to regulate the practice as “crazy” and “simply not thought through”.

Conservationists say it would make it impossible to tell whether eggs have been collected legally or not.

Instead, they want a properly monitored ban and more support for their efforts to buy back stolen eggs.

Earlier this year Terengganu dropped the turtle as the state’s mascot in favour of the clown fish.

The state’s chief minister said it was an agile and dynamic symbol.

Environmentalists suggested the fish’s main attraction was that, unlike the turtle, it had not been all but wiped out in the area.

Now, imagine a foreigner friend of yours comes to your house and calls you crazy for treating your children the way you do.

And if you remember, this same st*pid Datuk proposed that a portion of the RM5mil allocated for turtle migration studies be spent on a breeding project of sea and river turtles.

Hopefully, hopefully the Mentri Besar is smart enough to know what is right and what is wrong.

7 thoughts on “Not OK to sell turtle eggs

  1. Feli says:

    st*pidst*pidst*pidst*pidst*pid!!!!!!!!

    OF COURSE LAH IT’S NOT OK! first they say that the turtles are going extinct unless something is done to conserve them.

    NOW THEY WANNA DO SOMETHING AS DUMB AS LEGALISING THE SALE OF TURTLE EGGS???

    i think we’re being represented by the wrong people in the government…

    pelf: As far as I am concerned, Terengganu is really like another country, instead of like another state in Malaysia. People in Terengganu work differently, think differently, act differently.. *sigh*

  2. We should also legalise consumption of tiger meat, bear paws, snakes of all kinds and orang utans …. or something like that. Silly.

    pelf: See?! It really doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out!!

  3. Eileen says:

    Yup.. it’s very st*pid (Baka….paBo…Ben tan) (or sorry have to be very rude.. idi*t!). Oh my… how can they do something like this. Yup.. still remember that article about allocating a certain amount of money for breeding project (sea and river turtle). Serious.. Really malu… how can they do all these silly things (Eee…. malu!). Anyway, i hope they take back wat they have said. Serious.. i think my lecturer more angry now. Geram betul.

    pelf: What’s said will not and cannot be taken back, that’s a sad fact. But we still cling on to the hope that somebody with more power can and will do something about it :(

  4. soufulow says:

    Pelf, turtles are what you care the most, geek like me might cares a lot about the nation broadband services, my doctor frens worry about nation health equipments, my studying frens concern most about their studies and the university quality…

    …and guess what my politician friends care most about? their influence and powers. legalise the law enable the villagers to get extra fast cash which then the authorities gain extra love from the majors. does anyone care about the turtle, or what you are saying here – regarding on their extinction and such? NO ONE.

    Money blinds EVERYTHING, and the authorities here simply have too much powers in making decisions. sad, but true.

    Quote:”He said with the issuance of the licence, the relevant authorities including the State Fisheries Department, could thwart any unlawful sales.” — should we legalise robbers, gangsters, and theives as well? just like recently how the so-call ‘authority’ try to legalise ‘illegal street racing’?

    politician in msia… sggggggh.

    pelf: You’re right. It’s bad, but you’re right *shakes head*

  5. aaanyway. i’m pretty convinced it’s only a matter of years b4 turtles are gone forever in Malaysia. it’s these things that make it sooner than later.

    pelf: Exactly. And to think that WE actually VOTED these people into power so that they could push the turtles to extinction.. ARGH..!!

  6. All together now… cast a spell on these political leaders and let them now turn into Turtle Eggs…

    Pooooof!

    They are officially Turtles Eggs.

    pelf: Hahhaha…!!

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