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Not just Chinese eating wildlife, Malays are participants also

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Malays in east coast and bumis in East Malaysia are the ones who consume turtle eggs. This is may be the reason the ban on eating turtle eggs is not in the UMNO political agenda.

WWF urges govt to ban eating of turtle eggs

KUALA TERENGGANU: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Malaysia has urged the government to amend the Fisheries Act 1985 to ban the eating of turtle eggs.

WWF Terengganu Turtle Conservation Programme head Rahayu Zulkifli said the sale of turtle eggs openly shows lack of public awareness although many are aware that turtles are threatened with extinction.

“WWF fears that slow government action in banning eating of turtle eggs will cause extinction as landing of four species of turtles, the leatherback, hawksbill, green and olive ridley, off Terengganu coast has dropped.

“So far, only the leatherback turtle eggs are banned but WWF wants the ban on eating of turtle eggs to cover all species,” she told Bernama here today.

Turtle eggs are still readily available at Pasar Payang, the state’s main tourist attraction.

Rahayu said many tourists visit Terengganu to sample turtle eggs as they can be easily buy […]