Dear Tico Times:
The Osa Peninsula containing Corcovado National Park – a cornerstone of Costa Rica’s national park system and one of the world’s most biologically diverse places – is being ravaged.
Costa Rica is known worldwide for its conservation efforts, with more than 26 percent of its land under protection, thus supposedly safeguarding more than 5 percent of the entire world’s biodiversity.
But, Corcovado Park, and the Osa Peninsula’s wildlife, is being killed, and its resources are being exploited, polluted and destroyed. Much of its world-renowned animal population is being wiped out by poachers. The jaguar alone has decreased in the last two years from a promising future there to almost certain extinction.
This is happening because the Costa Rican government refuses to take action. It rarely prosecutes poachers and illegal miners and loggers. For those allowed to destroy the land within the law, the world should know why these practices are permitted in an environmental hot spot. Please take action now: Stop the jaguar from going extinct; don’t allow this in Corcovado, and preserve the Osa Peninsula.
Tell President Laura Chinchilla and the government in Costa Rica to imprison poachers and renegade miners and loggers and step up prosecution of those who are destroying one of the world’s most beautiful places.
Tell them to truly protect this special place.
Tell them to take real action before the world learns that the environmental protection that Costa Rica has marketed is only that – just marketing!
Sign the petition at: http://chn.ge/THtOMP