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Panama grants legal rights to sea turtles

In Panama, sea turtles now have the legal right to live in an environment free from pollution and other negative consequences of human activity, marking a new approach to wildlife protection. A recent law, sanctioned by the president, grants sea turtles the legal right to live and move freely in a healthy environment.
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The law allows any Panamanian citizen to be the voice of sea turtles and legally defend them, aiming to hold governments, businesses, and individuals accountable for violating the rights of sea turtles. It represents a victory for advocates of nature's rights, recognizing that animals have the legal right to exist and thrive and that those who violate these rights can be held accountable.
This law goes beyond traditional wildlife protection measures that primarily benefit humans. It considers the needs of turtles and emphasizes that human behavior must align with those needs. Sea turtles are granted the right to live in an environment free from pollution and other human impacts that cause them physical or health harm, such as climate change, bycatch, coastal development, and unregulated tourism.
What sets this law apart is its explicit recognition that sea turtles, as living beings, have rights, and it specifies those rights for enforceability. Legal experts see this as a significant step in safeguarding the legal rights of animals. The law in Panama provides really important assistance to sea turtles, especially in a country that hosts some of the world's most important nesting sites for leatherback and hawksbill turtles.
For some time it has been illegal to remove sea turtles and their eggs from national parks and protected marine areas in Panama but the prohibition was unclear outside those regions, and enforcement was weak. The new law explicitly penalises irresponsible real estate developers, tour operators, and others who disrupt sea turtle habitats and mandates the revocation of operating licenses. It clearly prohibits domestic and international trade of turtles, their parts, and eggs, with limited exceptions for the subsistence of select traditional communities. It's a groundbreaking piece of legislation for biodiversity.
A commission will oversee the enforcement of the law, including investigation, monitoring, awareness campaigns, and the promotion of ecotourism as an alternative to turtle theft. Let's hope other countries in the region follow suit and enact similar legislation!




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  • dickson mutai

    54 w

    with this years theme on World Environment Day #BeatPlasticPollution ... the sea turtles and all marine life have better chances of life going forth

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    • Daniel Waweru

      54 w

      Impressive, marine animals have rights too,

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      • Evangeline Wanjiru

        54 w

        Animals have rights

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        • Marine Stephan

          54 w

          I love to see that!!!

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          • Komu Daniel

            54 w

            this is amazing

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            • Elizabeth Gathigia

              55 w

              Very impressive

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              • monicah mbesu

                55 w

                Interesting

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                • Waigwa Monica

                  55 w

                  Amazing!!

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                  • Joseph Githinji

                    55 w

                    This is amazing , this will surely secure the turtles lives and health.

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                    • Grace Njeri

                      55 w

                      Sea turtles help seagrass beds stay healthy by grazing upon them, and seagrasses are key in storing carbon, protecting us all from climate change.

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                      • Munene Mugambi

                        55 w

                        The Panamanian government has done a good deed to these turtles

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                        • walter lungayi

                          55 w

                          woow! very impressive

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