Ban turtle feeding and baiting on the Dalyan waterways
  • Petitioning Mr. Veysel Eroğlu

This petition will be delivered to:

Minister of Forestry and Water
Mr. Veysel Eroğlu
Minister of Culture and Tourism
Mr. Ömer Çelik
Minister of Environment and Urban Planning
Mr. Erdoğan Bayraktar

Ban turtle feeding and baiting on the Dalyan waterways

    1. Kaptan June Sea Turtle Conservation Foundation
    2. Petition by

      Kaptan June Sea Turtle Conservation Foundation

      Dalyan, Turkey

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.

 

 

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    News

    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. NEW PETITION WEBSITE

      Today a special petition website was launched to give even more background information, photographs and video about the cruel practice of turtle baiting. Visit us @ http://www.dalyanturtles.com/petition/Index.html

    3. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 29 days ago

      The problems we face today, violent conflicts, destruction of nature, poverty, hunger and so on, are human-created problems which can be resolved through human effort, understanding and the development of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share.

      -- 14th Dalai Lama

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    • Carla Melo CAçEM, PORTUGAL
      • about 1 month ago

      ASSSINADAAA

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    • Linda Young DUNDEE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      Turtles are wild animals and this type of baiting and luring must surely alter their natural behaviour ultimately to the detriment of the species.

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    • Douglas Rutherford DUNFERMLINE, SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, TURKEY
      • about 1 month ago

      Everything that helps the future protection and survival of these marvellous creatures deserves support.

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    • Alper Fer ISTANBUL, TURKEY, KUWAIT
      • 3 months ago

      Enjoy the earth but do not destroy the species, save some for our children to enjoy..

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