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Two monarch butterfly advocates found dead in Mexico

These activists were fighting to protect monarch butterflies in Mexico, and they were both found dead within a few days…

These butterflies have lost two of their advocates

In Mexico, Homero Gómez González had helped to create the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, the largest reserve in the world dedicated to this species. But on January 29, 2020, after he’d been missing for over 10 days, he was found dead at the bottom of a well. According to the autopsy, he drowned after receiving a blow to the head.

A few days after his funeral, another body was found: that of Raúl Hernández, another butterfly reserve guide. He had multiple bruises as well as a head wound. To protect the butterflies, the sanctuary’s staff was fighting against illegal logging, notably through the establishment of patrols and reforestation programs with local farmers.

Another threat to the reserve: clashes between rival gangs, which are common in the state of Michoacán. This situation has prompted several NGOs, including Greenpeace, to possibly consider them as criminal cases.

Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries for environmentalists, between January and September 2019, at least 12 of them were murdered. At the moment, the exact causes of these two deaths remain a mystery.

“It cannot be that people devoted to social labor, people dedicated to protect the environment, people who protect the monarch butterfly is going through these things. With this loss, not only us, the relatives, lost a loved one. The whole world, the monarch butterfly and the forests lost a great protector.”, says Amado Gómez, the brother of Homero Gómez.

Brut.

02/08/2020 7:56 AM
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36 comments

  • Ignác Ö.
    02/11/2020 09:45

    That's why I never bought avocados...

  • Sizz L.
    02/10/2020 19:28

    Y en MeMexico les ofende más una pared pintada de una ruka que ni conocian

  • Tatica C.
    02/09/2020 16:56

    ??

  • Tatica C.
    02/09/2020 16:56

    Que le paso

  • Hulia P.
    02/09/2020 04:05

    Those killers want to convert that into an avocado plantation, that’s their green gold, so sad, hopefully, it‘ll be protected as the mexican govt is so powerless to eradicate these devils followers

  • Jacki E.
    02/09/2020 03:09

    This makes me so mad. Nobody had the right to do this! My condolences to these families and everybody that knew and cared for these gentlemen. 💔💖

  • Kevin S.
    02/09/2020 02:43

    Is where the giant lithium deposit was found?

  • Ruth D.
    02/09/2020 02:03

    These people fighting and protecting our Mother Earth are the real "Heroes" Thank you for all your effort and sacrifice. 🙏R.I.P.💐

  • Valentina G.
    02/08/2020 23:12

    Mira 😩🤦🏽‍♀️

  • Patrick F.
    02/08/2020 21:37

    I've been to the biosphere reserve. It's a truly wonderful place and it must be protected. It would be so sad to see it go. Thank you to the heros fighting to protect wildlife.

  • Santiago M.
    02/08/2020 21:29

    If there is no death penalty and fast judgment and execution of all criminals including corrupt politicians, police and military we will never get rid off criminals. Let's copy Singapore constitution and then we will be a civilized nation

  • Alan W.
    02/08/2020 21:12

    R.I.P.

  • Mel S.
    02/08/2020 16:58

    A mystery? 🙄

  • Amanda B.
    02/08/2020 16:08

    Wow.

  • Dominus C.
    02/08/2020 14:45

    Narco government is taking control of all and killing everyone's on there way

  • Zubia J.
    02/08/2020 14:37

    These are super heroes who sacrificed their life to do the right thing 💕😥

  • Gabriela V.
    02/08/2020 14:23

    No se vale que por proteger y cuidar lo más hermoso de las mariposas monarcas pasen estas cosas, que está sucediendo en nuestro pais

  • Anne H.
    02/08/2020 14:10

    It was not random. What do the killers want? The trees themselves?

  • Billie O.
    02/08/2020 13:16

    :'(

  • Lesley H.
    02/08/2020 13:05

    Absolutely dreadful. 🙏🙏🙏