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Panama’s Landmark Law: Sea Turtles Now Have Legal Rights to Flourish

In a significant development for wildlife conservation, Panama has passed a new law granting legal rights to sea turtles. The law recognizes sea turtles as living creatures with specific rights and aims to ensure their protection and well-being. Under this legislation, sea turtles in Panama have the right to live in a pollution-free environment and be free from the detrimental impacts caused by humans.

The law also holds governments, corporations, and individuals accountable for any violations of these rights. This groundbreaking step represents a shift in how we approach wildlife protection and may pave the way for similar measures in other countries.

People are dependent on the health of the biosphere and the animal world.   For the sake of our children and grandchildren, please help to ensure that the Earth can continue to sustain life.  Want to help? Here are just a few steps to consider:

1. Enjoy and plant trees on your property.  If looking for more view, consider whether simply trimming some branches rather than taking out trees will do the trick.

2. Consider keeping some of your property wild for natural habitats.  Limit pesticide use.

3. Developing property?  Keep trees wherever possible.  People love them.

3. Support Environmental Charities

4. Volunteer for Environmental Organizations

5.  Reduce your trash and pollution

6. Communicate with your elected officials

7.  Ask organizations like these what you can do to help:

Environmental Organizations in Panama

In Panama, legal rights given to sea turtles, boosting the rights of nature movement

By JENNIFER McDERMOTT and ARNULFO FRANCO  May 24, 2023

Excerpt: “On a Panamanian beach long after dark, a group of undergraduate students dug into the sand to excavate a sea turtle nest, their lamps casting a soft red glow as they studied eggs, inventoried the success of the hatch and checked for any surviving hatchlings stuck at the bottom of the nest. Nearby, armed members of the National Border Service stood watch for protection in an area known for drug trafficking.

The students worked under the guidance of Callie Veelenturf, who founded a group that works to protect leatherback turtles and pushed for a new law in Panama that guarantees sea turtles the legal right to live and have free passage in a healthy environment.

The new law “will allow any Panamanian citizen to be the voice of sea turtles and defend them legally,” Veelenturf said in a text message as she boarded a plane to Panama City after her group’s work near Armila. “We will be able to hold governments, corporations, and public citizens legally accountable for violations of the rights of sea turtles.

Full Article: https://apnews.com/article/sea-turtles-panama-animal-rights-world-turtle-day-44cb77ff472ef99cbac7667bce51d38a

Image of sea turtle from NSU Florida

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Environmental Organizations in Panama