Monday, August 3, 2009
Protection of the Green Turtle
The Green Turtle is an endangered species which exist only in several countries of the world.
In Indonesia, the Green Turtle are found in the provinces of West Kalimantan, Bali and East Java. They are protected by Law No. 5/1990 regarding Conservation of Natural Biological Resources and Ecosystem, which stipulated that anyone who takes, destroy, sells, keep or posses Eggs and/or Nests of protected Wild Animals shall be punished with maximum 5 years in Prison and Fined a maximum of Rp 100 million.
But in reality, there are cases in which the Eggs of the Green Turtle were sold by the local people and even by the staffs of the Nature Conservation Agency in West Kalimantan, many of which are exported to Sarawak, Malaysia. Some of the sellers have been jailed.
For details on the above, please click here, here and here.
Considering that the Green Turtle is an endangered species in Indonesia, I hope that their protection can be improved i.e. by enforcing the abovementioned law.
Photo: Courtesy of Kompas.