Demand Justice for the Murder of Costa Rican Sea Turtle Activist

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Original post on Sea turtle Restoration Project website: http://www.seaturtles.org/article.php?id=2485

Demand Justice for the Murder of Costa Rican Sea Turtle Activist, Jairo Mora Sandoval, & Kidnapping of 4 Women from U.S. and Spain

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. This photo shows him monitoring an endangered leatherback releasing her clutch of eggs.

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Jairo and four women volunteering at a Leatherback Nesting Beach on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica were kidnapped at gunpoint by masked men.  Jairo was separated from the women, beaten and executed.  The women escaped, physically unharmed.

The Sea Turtle Restoration Project is coordinating two funds on behalf of concerned organizations and individuals around the globe – a Memorial Fund  and a Reward Fund.

Click here to give to the Jairo Mora Sandoval Memorial Fund.  The first $1,500 in contributions to the Memorial Fund will be doubled by generous, concerned donors.

Click here to contribute to the fund for a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers. (Organizations wishing to join the Justice for Jairo Reward Fund should contactTSteiner@tirn.net.)

Click here sign to our petition to the President of Costa Rica demanding the Costa Rican government respond with swift action to send a clear message to all sea turtle poachers that this horrific murder, and all their illegal actions, will not be tolerated.

Click here to use our Tell a Friend tool to share these actions with your email contacts!

Click here to join SeaTurtles.org’s Facebook group and Share the Reward poster.

The Sea Turtle Restoration Project is dedicated to transforming this unbelievably sad event into a catalyst for change in Costa Rica and Central America, where illegal sea turtle poachers and drug traffickers use fear and violence to seek control of beaches critical to the continued survival of endangered sea turtles.

For a detailed and up-to-date account of the events leading up to Jairo Mora Sandoval’s tragic murder and the reaction to it visit:

DotEarthNew York Times Blog by Andy Revkin

Tico Times, Costa Rica

Washington Post

Death of Jairo Mora Sandoval Wikipedia page.

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