Last night at a tiny town in the middle of nowhere in Cambodia (Chhaeb) I was invited to join my hosts at the guesthouse to drink beer and eat turtle meat.
In my travels I can only ever recall the concept of eating turtles as illegal or at least wrong for ecological reasons. I can't recall any place I've been where I've seen turtles eaten openly without at least travel guides recommending you not partake.
But even though I haven't seen it done before that doesn't mean that there's not plenty of species of turtles that are very common and not under threat. One hint they might not be common here was that my host told me it costs about USD $10 per kilo.
It was not a soft-shelled turtle and it was not particularly large. In my research I've learned that the former are farmed so OK and the giant turtles are endangered so not OK, but that's all I know.
(By the way I'm struggling a bit with the wording and finding the right tags. I'm not about to go on a crusade telling off locals for eating traditional food. I just want to know if it's something that shouldn't be encouraged for tourists to do for reasons of sustainability, etc.)