Turtles get boost as Malaysian state to ban egg trade

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – A Malaysian state that is a major nesting site for turtles will ban the trade in their eggs, authorities said yesterday, in a boost for the threatened creatures. Turtles regularly crawl ashore to lay their eggs on beaches in northeastern Terengganu state, and the spectacle of babies hatching and scurrying into the sea is a major draw for tourists. But numbers have declined rapidly over the decades as they are hunted for their meat and shells, while rampant poaching of their eggs is also a major threat. More details in Friday’s Borneo Bulletin