i figured this was a little mean.
It isn't mean, it's just the way things are. Turtles lay so many eggs for a reason - so many babies don't even make it to shore. It's all a perfect cycle, when you think about it (were it not for human involvement): the turtles lay 100s of eggs, the eggs hatch, the birds get a feast, and the survivors go on to lay more eggs. If all the babies survived, we'd be overrun with turtles!
I do, of course, believe that we should help any animal that is being threatened by humans.