Bali's inhabitants slaughter more endangered sea turtles than anyone else in the world, bringing the species ever closer to extinction. We need more enforcement to the Government Act No 7/1999, which prohibits the killing and trading Sea Turtles !!
Sadly, the issue is now rising its ugly head again. In January 2013, local newspapers reported that the illegal turtle trade had returned to it's old sheme, which has also been confirmed by their local animal and environment protection organisations. These proves that the protection offered in Bali is totally insufficient and that the police are not pursuing violations against Act No 7/1999, which prohibits the killing of and dealing with sea turtles, and against the CITES regulations that prohibits the trade of turtle products.
The killing of these magnificent creatures is a GRUESOME, BARBARIC process!
The turtle's plastron is sliced and ripped open, the internal organs are being removed, blood is scooped out, and the head cut off. During this entire massacre, the poor turtle is alive and struggling in pain!
See video (Warning: VERY GRAPHIC): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUC5vTQp-nM&feature=player_embedded
Please speak up for Sea Turtles and sign our petition. By signing this petition, the message that you can read below will be sent instantly to the Government's Office in Bali as well as the Tourim Board of Bali.
Please sign our second Petititon by OCCUPY FOR ANIMALS as well - Thank you.
I'm very much concerned about how endangered sea turtles are being treated in your country. Until 10 years ago on Bali alone, an average of twenty thousand sea turtles per year were brutally cut out of their tortoiseshell alive! As a result of wise decisions by the Government, several actions by the Bali Police and campaigns by Indonesian and international animal welfare organizations, this number had fortunately dropped to 80 percent. But sadly, in January 2013, your local newspapers and international medias has reported that the illegal turtle trade had returned to it's old scheme, which has also been confirmed by your local animal and environment protection organizations. These proves that the protection offered in Bali is totally insufficient and that the police are not pursuing violations against Act No 7/1999, which prohibits the killing of and dealing with sea turtles, and against the CITES regulations that prohibits the trade of turtle products. In view of the sea turtles being threatened with extinction, I urge you to honor your laws and to undertake all possible actions to stop this cruel and barbaric habit once and for all! Not doing so will definitely damage the image of Bali and will have an impact on the number of visitors. Hundreds of thousands of people are very much concerned about Bali's sea turtles and I believe that the still existing sea turtle trade is not a good promotion for your country and Bali, which is a beautiful Island with friendly people and excellent hospitality. It isn't worth to risk Bali's image because of a group of corrupt and insensible people from Tanjung-Benoa, who decimate one of the oldest inhabitants of the Oceans for their own profit. I hope that this situation in Bali becomes under control and the turtle killing will be stopped as soon as possible. Until such a time, however, I have decided not to visit your country and I will encourage others not to visit either.