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Demand Justice for the Murder of Costa Rican Sea Turtle Conservationist Jairo Mora

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On the evening of May 31, 2013, Jairo Mora Sandoval, a young sea turtle conservationist, and four foreign volunteers—three Americans and one Spaniard—were working to working to protect leatherback sea turtle nests on Moin Beach in Costa Rica, from poachers.  Sadly, that never happened. The group stopped to remove a log blocking the roadway and was kidnapped by masked men. 

Mora, 26, was brutally murdered and died from asphyxiation after being dragged behind a truck. The four female volunteers were sexually assaulted, but managed to escape with their lives. 

Please take action and sign our petition calling for Justice for Jairo Mora in Costa Rica. 

Seven men were arrested for their connections to the murder, and the sexual assaults, but this January, nearly two years later, they were found not guilty in the Costa Rican courts due to incomplete evidence, mishandling of evidence, and an ineffective investigation. Since the murder, there has been no sea turtle protection on Moin Beach. This is unacceptable, more must be done to ensure that sea turtle nesting beaches and sea turtle conservationists are safe in Costa Rica. 

Sign our petition calling on the Costa Rican government to bring justice for Jairo Mora and convict those responsible for this reprehensible crime. Failure to do so could have serious consequences for conservation and ecotourism in the region. 



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