In late May Jairo Mora Sandoval, a 26-year-old conservationist who worked as a beach monitor for the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network, and four volunteers working to protect leatherback sea turtles on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica were abducted. The four foreign volunteers -- one Spaniard and three Americans -- survived, but Mora was brutally beaten, bound and murdered.
The five had set out that night on sea turtle patrol, in an area where there'd been an increase in turtle poaching, when suddenly they were ambushed by at least five masked men. To date the criminals have not been apprehended.
Mora had been vocal against drug traffickers and poachers who terrorize the beach -- we can’t let his killers go unpunished.
The Center for Biological Diversity has joined other conservation groups in announcing a $56,000 reward for information on the brutal killing of Mora. Please take action now to call on the President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, and the U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, Anne Andrew, to spare no resource in apprehending and convicting the killers and to protect sea turtle beaches from poachers and criminals.
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Please take action by July 31, 2013.
Photo of leatherback sea turtle by Scott R. Benson, NOAA/NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center.
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