Conservationists have warned that the Malaysian appetite for turtle eggs could lead to the creatures’ extinction.
According to a Channel NewsAsia report, turtles once arrived in their thousands to lay eggs on Malaysian beaches, but are now increasingly rare due to poaching
and coastal development. A report commissioned by WWF Malaysia showed that the market demand for turtle eggs
exceeded supply. It estimated that 422,000 eggs were traded in the northeastern state of Terengganu alone in
2007, more than twice the number of green turtle eggs laid in the state.