To stop the Balinese government from reinstating the slaughter of thousands of sea turtles.
Kurt Amsler, the famous underwater photographer, has started this campaign. Our goal is to pressure the Bali government to maintain a ban on the killing and trade of sea turtles. WE CAN STOP THE SLAUGHTER:
Please cut and paste the letter printed below, or write your own, and email it to the addresses provided. Have everyone you know do the same. It will only take a moment.
Although it is graphic, please watch this video of what we are trying to prevent:
For more information, see Kurt’s website: http://www.sos-seaturtles.ch/SOS_Bali_Ouota_English_1.htm
PLEASE SEND THE LETTER BELOW TO THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESSES:
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 has fortunately dropped by 90 percent and according to the latest investigations, even less nowadays. However, in view of the sea turtles being threatened with extinction, every animal counts.
Besides the damage to the environment, the killing of sea turtles is illegal according to the Indonesian Government decree No. 7 /1999, and the trade of turtle products by CITES regulations.
According to the latest publications in the international media, I have learned that the Bali Government plans to give permission to the killing and trading of 1000 Turtles per year for Balinese rituals. It is obvious and a matter of historical record that such a decision will open the floodgates to uncontrolled killing again, because it will be impossible to control the number of animals slaughtered!
If this quota becomes reality, it would 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 although it may seem a national issue, saving endangered sea turtles is an international issue and only an international approach and cooperation will save them from extinction. In addition, the prospect of swimming and diving with sea turtles, watching them nest and watching the nests hatch is a great draw for tourists to Bali. Your sea turtles are worth much more alive than dead.
I urge you to reconsider the plan to resume the legitimate slaughter of 1000 sea turtles annually, which will result in the illegitimate slaughter of thousands more. Please maintain the ban on killing sea turtles.
1. Prior to 2000 up to 35,000 turtles a year were slaughtered alive, despite an official quota of 5000 per year.
2. In 2000, after years of efforts by dedicated people, Bali enacted a ban on the killing and trade of sea turtles.
3. Bali is planning a new quota of 1000 turtles a year, a number impossible to enforce, which will open the floodgates to largescale slaughter & trade.
4. Public pressure stopped the slaughter before; we can do it again WITH YOUR HELP!!!