Justice for Jairo, who was murdered by poachers for protecting sea turtles
  • Petitioned Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica

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Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica

Justice for Jairo, who was murdered by poachers for protecting sea turtles

    1. Petition by

      Chris Pincetich, SeaTurtles.org

On Thursday, May 30, Jairo Mora Sandoval, a 26-year-old conservationist, was kidnapped by sea turtle poachers. The next morning, his body was found on the beach where he had worked to protect endangered leatherback sea turtles. The Costa Rican government must respond to this shocking murder with swift action that sends a clear message to all sea turtle poachers that their actions will not be tolerated.

My name is Chris Pincetich and I am in Costa Rica now co-leading a volunteer ecotour to a Caribbean leatherback nesting beach. Illegal killing of turtles and poaching of their eggs is driving leatherbacks to extinction. Without conservationists 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 future of sea turtle ecotourism in Costa Rica.

Jairo had asked for protection and action from local authorities to stop the poaching, but it didn't work. We're asking the Costa Rican government to respond to his murder by committing police protection to the beaches where there have been threats and significant poaching levels to make these areas safe for sea turtles, conservationists and ecotourists. To ensure transparency and reassure the tourist community, the federal government should take over the investigation and ensure Jairo's killers are swiftly brought to justice.

Costa Rica’s economy rests on its reputation as a mecca for ecotourism, protection of the environment and its reputation as a safe haven for American and other international tourists.  Ecotours, like the one co-sponsored by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, bring millions of dollars each year to the Costa Rican economy. That's why the Costa Rican government needs to act decisively and swiftly to bring justice for Jairo Mora Sandoval, so that its economy and ecology can be protected.

Please sign the petition and let the Costa Rican government know that the whole world is watching and hoping for justice so that Costa Rica can earn back its peaceful reputation.

This is the moment when the Costa Rican government's response will either send a message that they want to protect their citizens, visitors, and wildlife, or that poachers are welcome to rule their beaches.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Charges Files Against Alleged Killers

      NEWS: Prosecutors file murder charges against the alleged killers of Costa Rican Sea Turtle Conservationist Jairo Mora. Read More: http://bit.ly/1o2N1uU Please SHARE.

    2. Reached 150,000 signatures
    3. NEW Arrests Put More Costa Rican Sea Turtle Poachers in Jail!

      Sea Turtle Poacher in Costa Rica Gets Prison Sentence

      Share This Costa Rica News Article A Nicaraguan citizen who killed and gutted a green sea turtle in Costa Rica has been sentenced to 12 months in prison; he is not, however, in custody at the moment.

    4. WEEK of ACTION to bring Justice For Jairo!

      International Week of Action July 31 - August 7

      July 31, 2013 marks two months since Jairo's murder and launched our international Week of Action calling for Justice for Jairo! Take action below and share this page with all your friends!

      Visit http://seaturtles.org/justice for more ways to urge the President of Costa Rica to 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 join SeaTurtles.org's Facebook group for frequent updates.
      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sea-Turtle-Restoration-Project/199010435394

    5. Eight suspects arrested in connection to Jairo murder

      News Briefs

      MOÍN, Limón - The ground was still wet from an early morning rain as a troop of agents from the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) marched down a gravel road, guns drawn.

    6. Earth Isaland Journal covers the breaking news of our petition delivery

      Seven People Arrested in Connection with May Killing of Costa Rican Sea Turtle Activist

      Seven People Arrested in Connection with May Killing of Costa Rican Sea Turtle Activist Arrests come as thousands demand justice for Jairo Mora Sandoval On Wednesday, authorities in Costa Rica arrested seven persons believed to be involved in the May murder of sea turtle defender Jairo Mora Sandoval.

    7. Arrests made in Jairo murder as massive petition delivered

      News Briefs

      Environmental groups will gather Wednesday outside Costa Rica's Consulate in Los Angeles, California, to demand justice in the murder case of Jairo Mora Sandoval, a 26-year-old turtle conservationist who was found dead on Caribbean's Moín Beach on May 31.

    8. Tico Time story of Change.Org petition delivery

      News Briefs

      Environmental groups will gather Wednesday outside Costa Rica's Consulate in Los Angeles, California, to demand justice in the murder case of Jairo Mora Sandoval, a 26-year-old turtle conservationist who was found dead on Caribbean's Moín Beach on May 31.

    9. International Pressure - Round 1 Petition Delivery!

      SeaTurtle.org is prepping a massive event, delivering petitions to Costa Rican officials in Costa Rica and in eight other countries! Tico Times publishes our story below http://www.ticotimes.net/More-news/News-Briefs/Environmental-groups-in-eight-countries-demand-justice-in-Jairo-Mora-case_Tuesday-July-30-2013

    10. Donate Today to Jairo's Memorial Fund

      We've organized a fund to support care of Jairo's family in Costa Rica. His income supported several family members that our now grieving and without income. The Sea Turtle Restoration Project is donation 100% of the Memorial Fund to support the Sandoval family, no administrative costs are taken out. Click here to help http://seaturtles.org/article.php?id=2485

    11. Global Outcry Over Murdered Sea Turtle Activist Intensifies

      Manuel Monestel - Canción a Jairo Mora Sandoval

      Manuel Monestel, de Cantoamérica, hizo un homenaje durante la Vigilia Nacional por Jairo Mora, biólogo ambientalista asesinado el 1 de junio, 2013 en Costa Rica. El 5 de junio, Día del Medio Ambiente, se realizó una vigilia en varias partes del país.

    12. Tribute to Jairo in Costa Rica

      Manuel Monestel - Canción a Jairo Mora Sandoval

      Manuel Monestel, de Cantoamérica, hizo un homenaje durante la Vigilia Nacional por Jairo Mora, biólogo ambientalista asesinado el 1 de junio, 2013 en Costa Rica. El 5 de junio, Día del Medio Ambiente, se realizó una vigilia en varias partes del país.

    13. Reached 100,000 signatures
    14. REWARD Fund for Convicting Killers - Contribute today

      Sea Turtle Restoration Project is leading an effort to build our $10,000 Reward Fund - money given for information leading to capture and conviction of the murderers. We have also started a Memorial Fund to support the Sandoval family in this difficult time. Click below to contribute! http://www.seaturtles.org/article.php?id=2485

    15. Reached 30,000 signatures
    16. New York Time covers Conservationist Murder

      Costa Rican Turtle Defender Found Slain on the Beach He Patrolled

      Jairo Mora Sandoval This quiet stretch of beach near Limón, Costa Rica, was photographed on May 19 by Jairo Mora Sandoval, a 26-year-old conservationist who regularly patrolled there to protect endangered sea turtles and their nests from poachers ( photo of him at work).

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    Reasons for signing

    • Georgina Loya QUEEN CREEK, AZ
      • about 1 month ago

      Jairo deserves justice.

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    • Susan Harrison SANTA CLARA, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      This world needs more decent human beings like Jairo. Those who murdered him should be punished to the fullest extent of the law!

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    • Joseph Su WELLESLEY, MA
      • about 1 month ago

      Punish the poachers - at all costs!

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    • Whitney Thaler FOREST GROVE, OR
      • about 1 month ago

      Do what is right Costa Rica! We ARE watching!

      Thank you Jairo, you are a hero of mine!

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    • Alissa Jennings FALLING WATERS, WV
      • about 1 month ago

      He was murdered for doing a good deed, he was trying to change the world.

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