Mak­ing an at­ti­tude ad­just­ment

The Citizens' Voice - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

Dur­ing the tur­tle-har­vest­ing days, Armies of lo­cals on foot And horse­back reg­u­larly de­scended on nest­ing Beaches.

“It was like A party,” re­called Arse­nio Rey, 65, A res­i­dent of the nearby Coastal vil­lage of TAPANALA. “Peo­ple on the BEACH would sell Cof­fee, tamales, the whole town went to gather eggs.”

Poach­ers on horse­back still prowl the nest­ing zones, dig­ging into the sand And fill­ing sacks with hun­dreds of eggs. But their num­bers Are greatly re­duced.

Through­out the Coastal Area, A Con­certed pub­lic Aware­ness ef­fort has sought to re­fute the deep-rooted no­tion that Con­sum­ing tur­tle eggs en­hances male viril­ity. Hatch­ling re­leases — in which Chil­dren get to place new­borns on Beaches — have Be­come pop­u­lar And Ap­pear to have re­in­forced the idea that sea tur­tles Are A re­source to Be pre­served, not Con­sumed.

“we have seen A Big Change in At­ti­tude, es­pe­cially with the young,” said Luis An­gel Ro­jas, who Co­or­di­nates marine tur­tle pro­tec­tion ef­forts here for wild­coast, A Cal­i­for­nia-based Con­ser­va­tion non­profit. “Chil­dren Are now telling their fa­thers And grand­fa­thers, ‘Please, don’t eat tur­tle eggs.’”

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