Ban turtle feeding and baiting on the Dalyan waterways
DALYAN, a small tourist village in the Muğla Province of Turkey has become a popular holiday destination because of nearby İztuzu Beach, the nesting place of the endangered Loggerhead Turtle. In holiday brochures the destination is promoted as Green, Peaceful and Sustainable. But where “Turtle Beach” has brought prosperity to the village, turtle tourism is now asking its toll: the welfare of the Loggerhead and Nile Turtle is seriously at risk.
The chance of actually seeing a Loggerhead Turtle in the wild is small, but tour operators and local boatmen are ready to accommodate tourist wishes in Turtle Watch Tours. To lure the turtles, they are baited with chicken, fish or protected Blue Crab. This comes at a high price:
- Turtles may get seriously injured
- Turtles may suffer from intestine problems because of unnatural food
- Turtles rely on fast food rather than forage by themselves
- Loggerhead Turtles tend to stay in the delta instead of migrating
- Male Loggerhead Turtles are getting aggressive towards humans
The Dalyan Delta is not a ZOO …
Turtles should not be fed, baited or teased for the amusement of tourists.
They are part of the wildlife of the Köyceğiz-Dalyan SPA and should be protected in accordance with the Bern Convention.
Sign our petition NOW to get the baiting and feeding practice banned well before the new tourist season starts.
•Article 6, paragraph C of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, ratified by Turkey 09.01.1984 stating that “the deliberate disturbance of wild fauna, particularly during the period of breeding, rearing and hibernation, in so far as disturbance would be significant in relation to the objectives of this Convention” is forbidden.
•Article 1 of part 1 of the Animal Protection Law (Legislation nr. 5199), dated 24.06.2004 which states that "The purpose of this law is to ensure that animals are afforded a comfortable life and receive good and proper treatment, to protect them in the best manner possible from the infliction of pain, suffering and torture, and to prevent all types of cruel treatment."
because it interferes with natural foraging and migration behaviour, contributes to serious injury by boat propellers, fishing lines and hooks, and has led to aggressiveness by Loggerhead Turtles towards humans.
On behalf of the Kaptan June Sea Turtle Conservation Foundation,
June Haimoff (MBE), President