The environmental activist group ProFauna has delivered an international online petition to Bali’s governor demanding he take steps to end the illegal trade of turtles and turtle eggs in Bali.
The non-governmental agency’s Bali coordinator, Jatmiko Wiwoho, told The Jakarta Post: “The petition shows that the international community is now concerned about the illegal turtle trade in Bali, which has increased again,”
The petition orchestrated by ProFauna and SOS Sea Turtle was handed to the governor at his office on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Promulgated on the Internet, 25,000 signatures from around the world signed on to urge quick action by the governor to stop the turtle trade.
Jatmiko added: “We hope the Bali governor can take more serious, concrete and thorough action to put an end to the illegal turtle trade.”
Jatmiko said the ongoing trade in turtles is tainting the image of Bali and may eventually affect the island’s main business of tourism. The Jakarta Post report hinted that if the government fails to heed calls to stop the turtle trade, calls to boycott tourism as occurred in 2000 might be repeated.
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