Environmentalist Jairo Mora Sandoval
Picture credit: Didiher Chacón, director of WIDECAST
Being young should be a time of exploration, adventure and joyful discovery.
It is a time when many of us are at our highest intellectual, love and friendship peak.
But, one thing that it should never be, however, is a time to die or to be murdered.
This week on an island renowned the world over for its stunning beauty, an innocent young man just doing what he loved, protecting leatherback turtles, was murdered for being in the wrong place and opposing turtle poachers.
This ugly word, poachers, is getting way too much press any more and I for one, am sick of the way that these monsters have chosen to handle those who get in the way of their dirty little money business.
Jairo, an environmentalist and native of this place where he died, was a mere 26 years old and should have had a full lifetime ahead of him in a field where anyone can become a hero, at least as far as those who are saved are concerned.
In recent years, Costa Rica has been rumored to have become a place of potential danger for outsiders and going there for a vacation or a honeymoon could be risky.
The world that we live in today, has a new breed of hired killers and getting caught in their cross hairs, can and has proved fatal, as in Jairo’s case this week.
I have just signed this petition for him, would you please consider doing so as well?
The Justice For Jairo Petition
No one should ever have to put their life at risk or be killed, for protecting animals.
And as today is, World Oceans Day, might we all take a moment to say a little prayer for all of those like this beautiful young man, who care so much and put their lives at great risk every day, to try to save Endangered wildlife on our planet?
Vaya Con Dios Jairo, may you go with God.
I have signed it …. shocking news indeed! 😦
Thank you so much.
For we who remain, it is the very least we can do~
Tragic story, petition signed
Thank you so much Jan.
Signed a petition this morning after reading about this. So very sad, but in a way, he will be making a huge awareness despite others attempts to quiet him. JHMO
Agreed. His life will not have been in vain if his story is kept alive.
Thanks for letting us know – have signed. What a terrible waste of a very wonderful young man.
Thank you so much for caring.
Oh my. What is happening to our world? So sad! 😦
Yes agreed, it is a tragedy.
My greatest fear, is that young people who were thinking of a career in this field, will be driven away.
I just signed the petition — thanks for bringing this tragedy to our attention. How awful.
Thank you. You are very kind~
What a beautiful soul… When I saw this news I cried. Hopefully his incredible life’s work, and death, will highlight the cause and creatures he loved so.
You always have the sweetest words. Bless you~
Petition signed. Your blog is wonderful. So much hope for other sentient beings who are equally deserving of our care and compassion. Thank you for passionately creating worthy awareness.
Thank you very much for your kind words, they are so appreciated.
Let’s hope it’s not in vain. 😦
Any death of such a bright and shining star is in vain.
Now, let us make sure it is not repeated.
Poaching is the most vial crime because everyone suffers.
This is just sickening – the kidnapping and murder of a selfless young life, the poaching of innocence. Breaks my heart. I hope Jairo’s death sheds light on such evil. Please let justice prevail. I signed the petition Gator Woman. Thanks once again for the information.
We must find a way to take the profit out of poaching.
I know that we are smarter than they are, we just need to come up with a plan that will defeat them.
Thanks for letting us know about this issue! I definitely signed the petition! I love Change.org.
If we can get in their heads, we can force them to change.
It will take a Global Village to stop poachers.
With the help of social networking, I truly believe that we can stop them.
This is a very sad story. At least the young man died for what he believed in and in that he is a hero for protecting the turtles.
Yes, it is a tragedy.
No one should ever have to die for loving animals.
I signed and shared the petition on my facebook as well.
Thank you so much.
Gosh, what a shame.. I feel so sorry reading this. Of course I am signing the petition. Thanks for sharing his story