Australian Diplomat Apologises for Eating Turtle Delicacy in Cambodia

Different species of turtle are under threat or endangered across Southeast Asia.

Australia’s ambassador to Cambodia has apologised after eating softshell turtle and then posting photos of the meal on Twitter, saying he does not condone the harvesting of endangered species for food.

Ambassador Pablo Kang was in a remote province in Cambodia when he sampled a soup made with softshell turtle and eel meat. He deleted his Sept. 10 post praising the dish after environmentalists criticised him.

“I have removed my tweet about soft shell turtles & eels, and apologise to all those who took offence,” Kang said in his tweet. “My intent was not to promote these dishes, but to tell people about some of the foods I was offered during my recent provincial visit.”

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