What a shame, all those animals in cages far too small for them.
Asia is very much backwards when it comes to animal welfare. To many people they are either for food, entertainment or used for work. Although very few are sacred (they have lavish funerals for whales). Yes they were red eared sliders, which are not even native. SE Asia's native turtles are in peril. One species, the yangtze giant softshell turtle, only has 4 confirmed living specimens left in the world. One lives in a small lake in the centre of Hanoi's busy tourist area and is steeped in legend. I always kept an eye out for Cụ Rùa (great grandfather turtle) when I was there but never saw him.