Consumption of turtle Eggs & Meat
Despite laws protecting sea turtles in most countries, the illegal trade of eggs, meat, and shells (known as poaching) of turtles continues to be a major threat to their survival. These animals are harvested for their meat and eggs which are used for human consumption and in some places are considered a delicacy. In many countries, the trade in turtle eggs is a big industry that provides income to many people.
The reality in some coastal communities in the developing world is that people may not have access to jobs that can sustain their families. Our view is not that people who collect turtle eggs to sell or consume or hunt them for their meat are bad people; deciding between feeding one's family and protecting a wild animal is a difficult decision.
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One of the top threats to sea turtles is consumption of their eggs and meat and use of their shells for jewelry and other products. In most places, consuming sea turtles or their eggs is illegal but a thriving black market exists around the world due to the belief that their eggs are aphrodisiacs. Learn more about this threat here: https://www.seaturtleweek.com/consumption #SeaTurtleWeek
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