This petition is for the betterment of our wildlife and people.
The Leatherback Sea Turtles are the largest turtles on Earth and are an Endangered species.
"The Leatherbacks undertake the longest migrations between breeding and feeding areas of any sea turtle, averaging 3,700 miles each way. After mating at sea, females come ashore during the breeding season to nest. The nighttime ritual involves excavating a hole in the sand, depositing around 80 eggs, filling the nest, leaving a large, disturbed area of sand that makes detection by predators difficult" - Taken from National Geographic.
This amazing event is witnessed my Trinbagonians annually and every year the turtles are disturbed, abused and even slaughtered.
This time the tragedy that took place was due to the Ministry of Works and Transport.
"THOUSANDS of leatherback hatchlings were crushed to death at the weekend as the Ministry of Works used excavators to redirect the Grande Riviere River, at the north east coast..."
"The community was horrified, though, when excavation work began Saturday without their knowledge on what is the most nest-intensive part of the beach..." "...the community who began a rescue mission early yesterday and by evening had saved about 500 hatchlings." - The Trinidad Express
Action has to be taken. For far too long we have watched the laws of this country be ignored in almost every sector. Enforcing the proper laws to help the turtles will also help the people of Trinidad and Tobago become law abiding citizens. By harming any animal especially an endangered species one should be punished to the full extent of the law. The public has to learn the difference between right and wrong, to have compassion for these animals, to report any person seen causing injury or obstructing the habitat to which these animals live and breed. You cannot run before you crawl. Start small.
Also, we are calling for PROPER COMMUNICATION between the government and it's people. This massacre was due to a lack of communication in the first place.
Killing an endangered species not only affects trinidad but the world and its entire eco system, show that you care by signing this petition to enforce the Conservation Wildlife Act.
Negative Foreign Media
BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-18778013
Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2171602/Workmen-destroy-20-000-rare-turtle-eggs-bulldozers-hit-beach.html
Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/07/10/activists-seek-answers-in-trinidad-turtle-tragedy919320/