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Posted Sat Dec 27 2008: from Los Angeles Times:
Asia appetite for turtles seen as a threat to Florida species
... the critters will help feed a huge and growing appetite for freshwater turtles as food and medicine. The demand pits ancient culture against modern conservation and increasingly threatens turtle populations worldwide. As Asian economies boomed, more and more people began buying turtle, once a delicacy beyond their budgets. Driven in particular by Chinese demand, Asian consumption has all but wiped out wild turtle populations not just in China, but in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and elsewhere in the region. Now conservationists fear that the U.S. turtle population could be eaten into extinction.
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