Conservationists have warned that the Malaysian appetite for turtle eggs could lead to the creatures’
extinction. According to a Channel News Asia 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.