Poor judgement behind leatherback turtle debacle
I am writing to highlight the thoughtless slaughter of endangered leatherback turtles by the earthworks of the Ministry of Works which occurred over the weekend.
The Grande Riviere Beach has long suffered erosion and the excavators attempted to put a bandage on the wound by re-opening the mouth of the river, which has been meandering since December 2011 and had already caused great damage to turtle nests and threatened the Mon Plaisir Hotel, an integral part of the local eco tourism sect.
In their haste to execute what should have been a carefully co-ordinated operation, they bulldozed a multitude of endangered leather-back turtles, hatchlings and eggs.
Imagine what mutilation bulldozers and excavators can do to a beach populated with nesting turtles.
Endangered is a step away from extinction, I would most certainly like to know whether the relevant authorities are even looking into this ecological debacle?
Was there any co-ordination between the Ministry of Works and the EMA, the Ministry of the Environment and the Turtle Protection Groups?
This calamity exemplifies our complete disregard for our environment and the creatures that are supposed to be under our protection.
It was Gandhi who once said, "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated." I wonder what this avertible fiasco says about us?