AR-News: (ID) Turtle trader esurfacing despite ban

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Tue Dec 9 08:03:55 EST 2003

DENPASAR, Indonesia — The turtle butcher had little hesitation about
revealing his occupation.

"Come back tomorrow at dawn and you can have as much meat as you want,"
Wayan Budha said, handing his business card: Bali Catering Service. To the
left of the name, a large stenciled image of an endangered sea turtle made
clear the nature of his illegal business. 
Three years ago, consumption of sea turtles was decreasing owing to a
police crackdown and a campaign by local animal rights activists.

But the practice is on the rise again. Earlier this year, police raided
three boats carrying more than 250 turtles destined for Bali from other
parts of Indonesia — a sign, conservationists say, of the increasing
demand for the meat. 

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