November 25, 2005
Turtle Trade in Market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Cambodian Turtle Conservation Project (CTCP)
We recognized that all turtle were very small because the biggest one was just 6.5 cm length and some were very small. We found that most people they bought turtles for releasing and place that they are releasing are in pagoda ponds. We met a woman who bought a pair of turtles said that the reason she bought turtle because she had a pity on these turtles as they were so small.
The price of turtle was 1500 to 2000 Riels for one turtle and the price will come up if they sell on every Buddhist day and especially on full moon day because people believe that if they release turtles on those days like they absolve their sins with turtles and they will achieve their goodness or merit.
Submitted by Sitha Som