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GS-III :
  • 10 May, 2020

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Turtle – Threats

Turtle – Threats

  • In an attempt to raise awareness on conservation of tortoise and turtles, and on illegal trafficking, May 23 is celebrated as World Turtle Day.
  • In addition to smuggling, turtles face a variety of man-made issues that threaten their existence. One major threat, as with all other animal species, is habitat destruction.
  • As rivers become more and more polluted, the turtles are beginning to die off at greater rates. The hatchlings are born deformed; adults are dying from eating plastic; and the food sources are disappearing.
  • Large fishing trawlers also sometimes catch sea turtles, cut off their flippers to get them out of the net, and then leave them to die.
  • One of the greatest threats facing turtles and tortoises in India is smuggling to East Asian and Southeast Asian markets.
  • West Bengal has become a focal point of the turtle smuggling trade as many of the turtles make their way to Kolkata before being shipped off.

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