It’s not only the drug cartels that use deadly violence to eliminate their enemies. When environmentalists stand up to big business, they’re liable to be killed.
SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA — On the night of May 30, 2013, conservationist Jairo Mora saw the last sea turtle he would ever try to save. That night, Mora and four foreign volunteers slipped out of the butterfly-wing gates of the rescue center where they worked on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast and took a drive down the notoriously dangerous Moín Beach. The next morning, police found Mora’s beaten body facedown in the sand. He had been dragged back and forth across the beach until he suffocated.