Denpasar – A campaign to protect turtles held by ProFauna Indonesia used a 100 meter long banner on Kuta Beach, Thursday (16/7). It is written on the banner: “only 1 from 1,000 will survive”. Committee members also distributed stickers about turtle preservation to tourists on Kuta Beach.
ProFauna coordinator in Bali, I Wayan Wiradnyana, said that turtles were threatened because of being caught illegally. This is considered as criminal action because turtles are actually protected animals, based on State Decree No.5/1990 about natural conservation and ecosystem.
“Turtle traders can be sentenced to five years in prison and a fine amounting to a maximum of Rp100 million,” he said. Chairman of ProFauna Indonesia, Rosek Nursahid, said the participation of the general public was needed in order to preserve animals in danger of extinction. “By not buying wild animals and reporting such crimes,” he said. Various research show that out of 1,000 turtle babies, only one can survive and breed. Therefore this animal species will become extinct if it is not protected.