Thousands of wild animals have been violently injured and killed by electrocution in Costa Rica as a result of coming into contact with uninsulated power lines and transformers, and they continue to suffer this preventable fate every day when they mistake electrical lines for vines and trees, or come into contact with vines and trees that are touching live power lines. Costa Rica is estimated to have lost half of its monkey population alone between 1995 and 2007.
While alternative methods including bridges and cutting branches near power lines have been tried and have helped some, these methods are not as effective as the obvious solution: insulating power lines and transformers, or running cables underground.
Unfortunately, immediate steps to save wildlife are not being because the cost of installing conventional systems is cheaper, leaving those who want to take the steps necessary to protect wildlife to foot the bill for additional costs.
Please sign the petition asking Costa Rican officials asking them not to install any new uninsulated power lines and transformers, in addition to taking steps to modify existing systems to prevent more deaths. Visit Nosara Wildlife Rescue for more information.
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