Re: [hunterbirding] Costa Rica Turtle egg collectors

Subject: Re: [hunterbirding] Costa Rica Turtle egg collectors
From: Marj Kibby <>
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2010 14:01:52 +1100
The email currently doing the rounds that calls for a stop to a supposed
"attack against nature" on the beaches of Costa Rica claims that a series of
attached photographs depict crowds of people digging up and stealing turtle
eggs that they will later sell.

The photographs are genuine, but they do not depict the illegal poaching of
turtle eggs. In fact, the egg harvest shown in the photographs is a
perfectly legal and strictly controlled event that is managed by the Costa
Rican government and been in operation since the 1980's. Far from being an
"attack against nature", the egg harvest is an integral part of a long term
conservation program that has resulted in a significant increase in the
successful hatchings of Olive Ridley Turtles.

It's worth checking any viral email like this on a hoax site before sending


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