Saturday, October 31, 2009

SOS-Seaturtle Bali Petition

Up to 10 years ago, an average of 20,000 sea turtles were slaughtered on Bali to provide meat for "ritual purposes".

As a result of the dedication of tourists, sea turtle conservationists, and local conservation groups a ban on killing sea turtles was implemented.

But now, the government plans to allow the slaughter of 1000 sea turtles annually, a number that will be impossible to enforce and will result in much greater slaughter.


    Visit the website for a petition, video and more information

"Video - Bali Slaghterhouse"

(message from the founder of sos sea turtles)

The gory reality of how the sea turtles are being slaughtered on Bali !

About a year ago we could proudly announce that the campaign to stop the slaughter of sea turtles on Bali had been a success.

The cages and slaughterhouses in Tanjung Benoa are now all empty and no more turtles are being traded in public places. While it is still possible to find some animals on the black market but they are now hard to find. The number of killed and traded animals have dropped around 90 percent since the onset of the campaign!

There were reasons to be proud. After an eight year battle against the Turtle mafia we seem to have won the war. Yet the issue is now rising its ugly head again. Thanks to an intensive lobby by various interest groups, the Balinese Government are now considering permitting the killing and trading of a thousand sea turtles per year ...for Balinese rituals.

Obviously such a decision will open the floodgates to uncontrolled killing once again and it will be impossible to control the number of animals slaughtered!

We need to react now!

It is not too late to act. The opposition and the Pro Fauna organization in engaged in ongoing discussions on various political levels. But they need our immediate support.

SOS-Seaturtles is already financially supporting the entire administration as well as initiating a petition during which thousands of letters of protest will be sent to the authorities.

We are very concerned for Bali's sea turtles and don’t consider such a decision just a domestic issue.

Watch the video from Bali on the link below. This movie was filmed a decade ago. Do you want this to happen again?

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