Caletas farming company destroys turtle volunteers’ fresh water well
On August 30 Sylvester Feichtinger, owner of Agropecuaria Caletas S.A., the farming company that is demolishing the wetland beside the Caletas-Arío National Wildlife Refuge, had his employees destroy the well that Pretoma sea turtle volunteers dug in 2002 to supply fresh water to the project’s beachside camp. According to Agropecuaria Caletas S.A. the well was destroyed because it was located on the company’s property. Moments before the well was filled with sand, volunteers were able to extract a small quantity of water to be used in the camp’s day to day operations.
“This latest agressive action is another example of how Sylvester Feichtinger is bent on impeding Pretoma’s volunteers from protecting the area’s nesting sea turtle population and from monitoring the damage his company is causing to the wetland”, said Pretoma’s Miguel Gomez, “but this shameful impediment to the volunteer’s basic right to fresh water will not stop Pretoma from pursuing its mission of protecting Playa Caletas.” At this moment the project’s volunteers are already looking for a suitable area to dig a replacement well and continue with their work to protect the wetland and sea turtles.
If you haven’t already, please take a moment to send the petition to the Environmental Ministry and to Sylvester’s Hotel Casa Caletas calling for the immediate stoppage of the wetland’s destruction. Invite your friends to join the Facebook group dedicated to this campaign.
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