Animal lovers may prefer to look away now.
I want to protest but I don’t know who to, nor how.
The Pearl Cays are the breeding habitat for at least 3 kinds of sea turtle including the endangered green-backed and critically endangered hawksbill turtles.
The Wildlife Conservation Society attempts to protect their environment – with some success as the figures for last year’s breeding season (June to November) show.
We thought we had seen turtles being butchered nearby every morning. Then as I was taking a photo of a house Mr George Fox approached me. After the usual courtesies he suggested I should walk down the side of the building to photograph the green backed turtles there – to show people what is happening.
He explained that taking the turtles is illegal but not enforced. But also said the the Wildlife Conservation Society is having some success and, at least, the turtle eggs are no longer being stolen for food.
The Vianica website has more information about the problems and protection of sites. In summary it is difficult to discourage communities for whom taking turtles for food forms part of their cultural background particularly when they are living in poverty and can make use of turtle meat for both food and to increase their income.
For an interesting read see:
I’m not sure that makes me feel much better.