I got pissed this morning.
I was pissed two days ago too.
2 trawlers within 48 hours.
338 sea turtles and only 25 found alive.
I didn't break my back excavating turtle nests and relocating them to designated hatcheries so that a bunch of tossers can come along and net them all.
Shite. I'm writing to all every bloody major newspaper in the country and tell them how I feel. Yes, even to Nanyang. If only I knew anyone who can translate it into Mandarin as the only words I know are the swear ones.
Sea turtles are beautiful, unique and wondrous creatures. Of the 7 known sea turtle species in the world, 4 call our waters their home and have been swimming in these waters for more than 100 million years.
In other words, these animals are our natural heritage.
Therefore, it was most alarming to find out that another foreign-based trawler had been seized with 260 protected sea turtles (most of them dead) in its cargo near Pulau Mengalum in Sabah, only 48 hours after another trawler, had been seized for poaching Hawksbill and Green Sea turtles.
Over the last 30 years, there has been a decline in the population of Sea Turtles of more than 65%. This is not only due to the exploitation for their meat, hide and oil but also, to the harvesting of their eggs for human consumption.
It is our responsibility to protect our natural heritage at all cost, unless we want our children, and our children’s children to only be acquainted with the Sea Turtles only from magazines and books in the future.
We would like to take this opportunity to commend our ever-dependable and constantly-vigilant Sabah Marine police for making the arrest. In addition, we recommend that more patrols be increased near the waters of Sabah and Sarawak, not only by the police and Sabah Fisheries but also by our Royal Malaysian Navy.
This incident not only deals with encroachment by foreign ships into our sovereign waters, but also the exploitation of our endangered wildlife ‘citizens’.
Herpetofauna Special-Interest Group
Malaysian Nature Society
I'm sending the letter to the relevant authorities and the press stating our dismay on the recent rampant poaching of our beloved turtles of the coast of Sabah.
Please help me make an impact with this letter - lend your support with your name. Please email me and include your name and NRIC.
As of Monday, 2 April 2007, I have received 55 signatures for the letter.
Keep 'em coming.Let's hit the 100 mark by the end of the week and our voices heard with the "powers that be".