Scientists from the US-based Arizona State University conducted a global assessment of the aquatic turtle, stating that, in addition to the climate crisis, one of the most serious threats to the biodiversity of nature is the illegal killing and trafficking of animals. According to the results, more than 1.1 million sea turtles were killed for their meat, bones and shells between 1990 and 2020.
EVERY YEAR 44 THOUSAND PIECES ARE SHINED
“Animals, especially endangered and endangered species, are often exploited and sold for their hides or used as medicine, aphrodisiac, antiques, food and spiritual artifacts,” the statement said. Emphasizing that the market where these products are sold is extremely lucrative, the scientists emphasized that 44 thousand sea turtles have been caught every year in 65 countries or regions in the last ten years.
THE BEAUTIFUL SHELL HARVEST BEAK IS AMONG THE MOST HUNTED
Most of the illegal exploitation reported over the past decade is large, stable, and genetically diverse, the researchers say. sea turtle stated that it took place in the places where the population is located. The evaluation study was based on data from peer-reviewed journal articles, archived media reports, NGO reports, and online surveys. It was stated that while Vietnam is the country where the illegal sea turtle trade is most common, China and Japan are the destinations for these products. It was stated that the hawksbill sea turtle is among the most hunted species for jewelry, due to the beauty of its shell.