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April 12, 2011

"I Don't Eat Sea Turtle" Campaign

WiLDCOAST launches campaign in Mexico City againts the illegal consumption of sea turtles

Sea Turtles Continue to be in Danger of Extinction. Please Do Not Eat their Eggs or Meat. Turtle meat is read meat, it is not seafood, it is not fish and it is harmful to human health! 

Six out of the seven species of sea turtles in the world breed, nest and feed in Mexican waters; because they are migratory species, they are considered to be a shared resource among several countries.    
In Mexico and in the world, populations of different species of sea turtles are in serious danger of extinction due to various causes, such as the looting of nests, capture and slaughter before the females lay their eggs on the beach, by-catch of juveniles and adults, the illicit trade in products such as skins and shells, besides the presence of human activities on the sites where they breed and feed. Although since 1990, more than 20 years ago, the Mexican government decreed the total and permanent ban of the slaughter and sale of sea turtles, this practice continued in coasts across the nation. The populations of all sea turtles have declined from 50, 70 and even 95% for the Leatherback Turtle.
During Lent 2011, the environmental organization WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAjE, A. C. began a nationwide campaign calling on the Baja Californians not to eat turtle meat, because their consumption is illegal, and harmful to human health.
By consuming sea turtle meat we are committing a triple sin: against the laws that prohibit it, against nature and against the Church. In some religious holidays such as Lent it is customary to eat loggerhead sea turtle because it has the wrong perception that the turtle is “fish”, but it is not true, the turtle meat is red, it is not seafood or fish.
There is also the misconception that sea turtle eggs are aphrodisiacs, but this is false, instead they are high in cholesterol causing the opposite effect in men. The consumption of meat and turtle eggs is also harmful to human health, because of the presence of parasites, bacteria and pollutants such as heavy metals like mercury and cadmium inside the sea turtles. The consumption of contaminated turtle meat can lead to kidney disease, and if the turtle meat is infected with bacteria or parasites it can cause diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration.
"It is important that in our country, the authorities punish traffickers of turtle meat and eggs and show that they are serious about ending impunity, corruption and tolerance of this illegal trade that at the moment is above the Mexican law," said Gomez Vallarta, "The turtles are worth more alive than dead,” she said. A study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conducted in 2008, showed that marine turtle tourism generates income almost three times higher than those derived from the sale of turtle products such as meat, leather and eggs.
"Mexico should be the leader in ecotourism to observe sea turtles, and to obtain the benefits derived for the prosperity of local communities," concluded Aida Navarro, Director General of WiLDCOAST.
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