07 Mar '12, 2am

A Light at the End of the Tunnel For the Galapagos Islands?

A Light at the End of the Tunnel For the Galapagos Islands?

A Light at the End of the Tunnel For the Galapagos Islands? Galapagos National Park authorities bust an illegal shark fishing operation. Photo: Tim Watters Since 2010, the Galapagos office of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been advocating for better judicial response in cases of environmental law enforcement. In 2010 we proposed the creation, in the Galapagos, of the first-in-the-world judiciary specialized in nature’s rights . We formulated this proposal based upon the Ecuadorian recognition of constitutional rights for nature. In 2011 and 2012, Sea Shepherd moved on to monitor major shark finning cases occurring in the Galapagos Marine Reserve . In this process we realized just how wrong the local judicial system was responding to environmental crimes . We went on to inform national judicial authorities on the deplorable judicial response such cases were getting a...

Full article: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2012/03/06/a-li...

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