Demand Justice for the Murder of Costa Rican Sea Turtle Conservation Worker Jairo Mora Sandoval
The shocking murder of Jairo Mora Sandoval, a 26-year-old conservationist working to protect leatherback sea turtles on the Caribbean coast, Friday May 31, demands immediate justice. The Costa Rican government must respond with swift action to send a clear message to all sea turtle poachers that their actions will not be tolerated.
Without conservationists like Sandoval on beach patrols that reach the nesting females and their nests before the poachers, sea turtles do not stand a chance. The brutal murder of Jairo Mora Sandoval has traumatized the conservation community and threatens the viability of sea turtle ecotourism in Costa Rica. The photo at left shows Sandoval observing a leatherback nesting.
Without swift justice for the heartbreaking murder of brave Jairo Mora Sandoval, and a parallel crackdown on all illegal egg poachers (hueveros), the sea turtles and tourists who visit to help them will be gone forever.
Please join us in calling on Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla to find and convict the killers and to demand protection of sea turtle beaches from poachers and criminals!
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