On Monday, May 4, Donna Belle Islao posted photos on her Facebook from the last stop of her ‘island hopping’ with her friends at Natago Beach, located in Guimaras Island, where she took a photo of this harmless animal.
“Our last island was the ‘Natago Beach’ which our boatman says we could take pictures with the turtles and we were excited to reach the island we even asked our boatman if there’s an entrance fee [but] he didn’t answer us,” Islao said on her Facebook post.
As she and her friends wait for their turn, they already saw teenagers having their photos captured with the said turtle. Then as they come even closer she saw a long rope and noticed that something was wrong.
“I was surprised that its shell has a hole and that the long rope was attached to it,” she added, “I pity the [turtle] and decided to take a picture underwater using my GoPro and as I review the pictures I [was] shocked to see this.”
From Islao’s description, ‘the turtles legs were tied together’ by the rope declining the animal to swim away.
Islao appealed her personal insight about this, “I am posting this picture so the turtle won’t be a prisoner in that island,” she mentioned, “DENR, [please] take care of this issue.”
She also cited that the caretaker even charged them Php 50 each.
In addition, netizens who saw this status also shared their emotions about this ‘horrendous practice.’
“Animals aren’t ours to wear, aren’t ours to control, aren’t ours to kill,” Paam Padilla commented.
“Philippines, is this how we now promote tourism? Sick. Letter sen to DENR.” – Erika Anne Flores.
“This is cruelty!!!” – Jeremy EVolution,
As of writing, Islao’s post reached almost 900 shares and over a hundred comments.
“We do not condone this act. While it is practiced to promote tourism, it is endangering lives and protection of our wildlife and marine lives. Please share this article to show support and stop this turtle cruelty and for the protection and welfare of different animal species.“
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