World Turtle News, 09/12/2017
Need for uniform conservation laws for turtles in Malaysia
In its analysis and experience on
the ground, World Wildlife Fund for Nature Malaysia (WWF Malaysia) showed that state laws governing turtles were inadequate and unable to protect turtles.
“There is no uniformity of laws on turtles in Malaysia, which creates loopholes in the enforcement of laws.
“In the peninsula, comprehensive banning of
turtle egg possession and trade for all species has yet to be enacted, and thus, continues to be a huge problem for enforcement.
“Sabah and Sarawak have
accorded protection to turtle eggs for all species for decades,” said WWF Malaysia’s Melaka Hawksbill Turtle conservation project team leader Lau Min Min
She said the turtle trade mostly happened in Sabah, where turtles were poached from the waters and eggs were smuggled in from neighbouring
In Sabah, turtles are a “Totally Protected Species” under the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 managed by the Sabah Wildlife Department. The high demand for turtle meat and
shells in the international black market, compounded by the large areas of water surrounding Sabah, proved a challenge for surveillance, detection and
enforcement, providing easy access to poachers.
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Photo from WWF Malaysia.