Logging corporations murder Mexican monarch butterfly conservationists

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Thursday, 30 January 2020

Missing Mexican butterfly conservationist found dead

MEXICO CITY — The body of a Mexican conservationist devoted to the protection of the monarch butterfly in Mexico was found on Wednesday, two weeks after he went missing, the authorities said. Homero Gómez González managed a butterfly sanctuary in the state of Michoacán, a violence-ravaged region but also the location of mountain forests where the butterflies settle every winter following a long and extraordinary migration from Canada and the USA.

Some of the hundreds of people at the funerals of the Mexican butterfly conservationists, AFP photo

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

In Mexico another activist who was committed to preserving the monarch butterfly has been killed. A few days ago an activist from the same butterfly sanctuary was found dead.

The 44-year-old Raúl Hernandez disappeared last week after he left the butterfly sanctuary where he worked as a guide. His body was found this weekend. He had bruises and a deep head wound.

Five days ago, the body of the founder of the butterfly sanctuary, Homero Gómez, was found in a well. He disappeared without a trace on January 13. An investigation has shown that Gómez had a blow to his head before he got into the well.

Relatives of Gómez say he was threatened because he campaigned against illegal logging. Criminal gangs in Mexico do not hesitate to use violence against people who oppose their illegal practices.

The two activists were committed to the monarch butterfly in Michoacàn state in southwestern Mexico. The insects are in danger of disappearing due to illegal logging. A sanctuary was opened in November to protect them.

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