"Batang Pawikan" by Elmer Borlongan

"Batang Pawikan" by Elmer Borlongan

BABALA: bawal kumuha at kumain ng itlog ng pawikan o ng pawikan. Pabayaan natin sila sa kanilang mundong ginagalawan.

Outliving their predecessors, like the dinosaurs, more than 200 million years ago, marine turtles are now highly threatened for extinction from human cruelty. Poaching, slaughter, blast fishing, illegal trade and pollution are only some of the battles that have put the pawikan on endangered status. A number of NGOs in the Philippines have been working for the conservation of the pawikan.

The pawikan is on the CITES list of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, of which the Philipipines is a member. It is an international agreement between governments, aimed at ensuring that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

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