Costa Rica poachers suspects in ‘turtle activist’ slaying

| 02/06/2013

(BBC): An environmentalist campaigning for the protection of endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica has been found dead in a suspected killing by smugglers. Jairo Mora was reportedly found face down with his hands tied on Moin beach, 105 miles east of the capital, San Jose. Vanessa Lizano, the owner of the turtle sanctuary where Mora worked, said he had been killed because of his work. Sea-turtle eggs are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world. Lizano told the BBC: "Jairo went on patrol with some volunteers and they were attacked by armed men. "It was him they wanted, because he was the one who was always looking after the nests."

Lizano said that poachers in Costa Rica can make up to $300 (£200) per day smuggling turtle eggs in the black market. She said they had received many threats over the years because of their work at the sanctuary.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Why are there barbarians who still want to eat these creatures or their eggs?

  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s a shame that we don’t have any conservation laws in Cayman.

  3. Anonymous says:

    God bless these people that try to look after animals & the environment.

     

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sad, sad, world.
    It’s funny how some people complain that some people care more about dogs than humans. Seem some people care more about turtle meat than humans.

    • Animaliberator says:

      This is not about meat my friend, just eggs. Even the poachers protect the turtle as all they want are their eggs. This would be the lesser of two evils as needless to say without the eggs there would be no additional turtles to add to the overall turtle population which as we all know is declining rapidly for all sorts of reasons.

      To be a poacher of any kind, one has to be pretty ruthless to do what they do and then on top of that kill those humans who attempt to protect the animals.

      Until current protective laws are inforced the way they should be, man nor animal will stand a chance against these criminals.