Smuggling and Killings of Green Turtles

The World Wildlife Fund estimates that up to 100,000 green turtles are killed and smuggled each year in the waters of Indonesia and Australia.

The turtles are considered a delicacy among the people of Bali.

In 2012, wildlife protection officials broke up 80 smuggling attempts where green turtles were being illegally brought into the island.

Back in the late 1970s, up to 30,000 green turtles were being killed and eaten in Bali.

(More illegal wildlife trade statistics.)

Source:  Luh De Suriyani, “Green turtle smuggling continues,” Jakarta Post, Bali Daily, January 21, 2013.