Online turtle egg sellers can face legal action in Malaysia: Officials

This photo taken in June 2019 shows a sea turtle with a monitoring device. (Photo courtesy of Katsufumi Sato)(Kyodo). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 16, 2020, Bernama. Any form of sale of endangered marine animals such as turtles including their eggs is prohibited and subject to legal action, according to the Department of Fisheries (DOF), Malay Mail reported.

The department said in a statement that it received complaints from the public via Facebook and Twitter on the alleged sale of turtle eggs from Terengganu which was advertised on Shopee Malaysia on May 12.

However, it said, a check revealed that the advertisement was dropped two days ago (May 13).

“All states prohibit the sale of all species of turtles including eggs except for the state of Terengganu which only prohibits the sale of leatherback turtle eggs only where the enforcement applies to the state enactment.

“However, legal uniformity should ensure that turtles are protected under the Fisheries Act 1985 (Act 317), International Trade in Endangered Species Act 2008 (Act 686) and state turtle enactment as well as fisheries methods on turtles and turtle eggs,” the statement said.

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